Haryana Revises Policy To Help Achieve Housing For All
For those looking for affordable homes in Haryana, here is good news. The state government has revised its policy to fulfill the mission of housing for all by 2022. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved the changes suggested and an affordable housing policy has been formulated. The rules of this policy would be applied to old cities that fall within the jurisdiction of urban local bodies. The aim is to provide affordable homes to those living in small yet urban areas and close to their workplaces as well.
What has changed?
*Earlier, there was a plan in place to set up sectors in urban areas but none such for old, urban areas. This stands changed now. Moreover, the policy made in 2013 was applicable only for the residential sectors.
*Now, urban local bodies (ULBs) department will give approvals to housing projects in old habitats of urban areas.
*The 2013 policy was applicable only for residential sectors of urban areas. Now, ULB’s can approve housing projects from two-and-a-half acres and from two-and-a-half to five acres, on the basis of 250 and 275 floor area ratio (FAR), respectively.
*The site should be at least nine metres on road with the population density between 750 and 900 persons per acre and on six per cent area, business activities would be allowed to be conducted from 175 FAR.
*Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) would be provided with homes of 30 metres on priority basis.
*Urban areas have been classified into four zones:
a) The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram and those of Faridabad, Sonepat, Panipat, Panchkula and the Municipal Committee of Sohna is in the Hyper-Potential Zone.
b) The Medium-Potential Zone comprises of the municipal corporations of Karnal, Hisar, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, and municipal committees of Bahadurgarh, Bawal, Rewari, Palwal and Municipality Hodal, Dharuhera and Gannaur.
c) The Low-Potential Zone comprises of 13 municipal committees and 49 municipality areas.
*Some powers have been vested in the officers as well. The Haryana Housing Board has given powers at three levels in case there is a delay in depositing 15 per cent of the cost of flats within 30 days of issuance of letter of allotment post the draw of lots has taken place.
*The estate manager can regard delays up to 30 days, beyond the regular 30 days provided that there would be a payment of five per cent surcharge on 15 per cent of the amount as per the scheme in addition to interest.
*The secretary of the housing board can regard delays up to 60 days beyond normal period of 60 days, subject to payment of 15 per cent surcharge on 15 per cent amount or other amount as per scheme in addition to interest as per policy.
*The chief administrator of the housing board can regard delays up to 60 days beyond 120 days such that the maximum 180 days from issue of allotment letter, subject to payment of 25 per cent surcharge on 15 per cent amount or other amount as per the scheme in addition to the interest as per the policy.
*Allottees who need more time to make their payments will need to pay the surcharges that will increase on every extension.
*In case the orginal allottee of a unit dies, the registration would be transferred in favour of the legal heir.
*In case of defaults in payments, the allottment stands cancelled.
With inputs from Housing News