With fast development in the basic infrastructure among factors fuelling real estate boom in this industrial hub of Haryana, Faridabad seems to hold quite a promise in the group housing sector, considered the best alternative to solve the burgeoning needs of the people.
Though the state government has already announced two separate multi-storied housing facility to provide affordable houses for the urban poor, it is yet to come out with fresh schemes to cater to the needs of a large number of middle-class families wishing to have a roof over their heads.
While hundreds of group housing societies, which came into existence at the time of special allotment of plots for such societies last year, are waiting for next such draw, certain social bodies and individuals have sought suitable changes in the group housing schemes in order to make the societies eligible to apply directly to builders to have flats at concessional rates, instead of seeking individual plots and then constructing houses.
This suggestion seems to have found the fancy of the Department of Urban Development and that of the Town and Country Planning. It is likely to have a positive impact, a source claims. It may be recalled that about 5,000 acres of land has been earmarked or licensed for housing projects in the eastern part of the city, located across the Gurgaon and Agra canals, running parallel to the Mathura road from north to south.
Dubbed as Greater Faridabad, this region is likely to address the housing needs of thousands of people in near future and may emerge as most sought-after area, if things go as projected, claims a property agent based in Sector 14. He says this region, which would have about 20 residential sectors, will be an exclusive zone mainly of high-rise multi- storied buildings, on the pattern of Gurgaon, with all kinds of facilities.
According to another property dealer based in Sector 15A here, the development of the Eastern Peripheral Highway, connecting Palwal with Ghaziabad via Noida and the construction of the Taj Expressway by the UP government can change the face of things in near future. Moreover, the proposal of the government to develop some more facilities like the special freight corridor of Indian Railways will certainly bring the region under greater focus.
According to Punarjagran Sanstha, a social body based in Faridabad, the government can reap the potential, if it goes with some changes in housing norms. According to Shailender, an office bearer of the Sanstha, the government ought to provide an opportunity to the group housing societies to have built up housing units in the housing complexes being developed.
He says the authorities could bring a legislation into effect and ensure that the societies be given special concessions and subsidies as the number of applicants may be large.
He says this method would not only solve the problem of heavy advertisement and publicity done by the companies to sell flats, but can also be an easy process for the house seekers and the societies waiting endlessly to have a plot of their own. He said the government may be spared the allegation of corruption and favoritism in the process of allotment of plots, which was visible in the last such allotment when about 133 plots were given through lottery in Faridabad, on September 29, 2006.
‚ÄúThere had been a total of over 3600 applicant societies, but the applicants were not satisfied with the manner in which the allotment was done,‚Ä? claims K.L Gera, a social activist. Claiming that the government could hardly meet the requirement of plots and houses for housing requirements in such a manner, he says there is a forcing need that the government adopts new methods to cater to this sector.
Asking the government to ensure speedy implementation of its projects regarding the flats for the poor and middle class residents, he says the government should allow construction of more multi-storied residential buildings in all parts of the city, especially where large chunks of land lie vacant.
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