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Centre to discuss policy support by States for affordable housing

Centre to discuss policy support by States for affordable housing

Centre to discuss policy support by States for affordable housing
Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation will discuss with the states the policy measures being taken by them to promote affordable housing projects for the benefit of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Groups (LIG). The Ministry has organized a National Workshop on ‘Model State Urban Housing and Habitat Policy : Decisive Roadmap for Achieving Housing for All’ on October 27, 2015 in New Delhi.

Ministry of HUPA has asked the states to evolve Affordable Housing Policies to comprehensively address issues affecting creation of affordable housing stock by laying out an enabling environment for various stakeholders to participate in housing projects for EWS and LIG. Action taken in this regard and experiences of ten states in promoting affordable housing stock will be discussed at the proposed workshop.

The Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, who will give an account of the initiatives being taken them by them at the workshop have proposed total waiver of Stamp Duty for affordable housing projects in respective states.

In the Draft Affordable Housing Policy of Andhra Pradesh, presented to the Ministry of HUPA, the state government has also proposed waiver of land conversion fee, infrastructure development charges, building plan approval fee, registration fee and betterment charges to promote affordable housing for EWS and LIG besides relaxation in Floor Area Ratio (FAR).

Telangana Government has also proposed similar measures. To encourage private investments in affordable housing, it has proposed twice the normal FAR besides 0.50% additional FAR for timely completion of such projects.

Both the states have proposed earmarking of 25% of government land available with urban local bodies for housing for EWS and LIG. The two states also envisaged single window clearance for approving housing projects in 60 days.

Telangana Government has also proposed in its policy, construction by state agencies of houses/flats on rental-cum-ownership basis on the lines of Singapore Model by adopting new initiatives like ‘Equity Building’ and ‘Rent Cum Ownership’ basis, especially for low income segments. Under this model, house/flat allotted to EWS/LIG household will be transferred in the name of the individual after ensuring 100% equity over a period of 10-15 years. Such individuals will have the option to sell house/flat but only to the state government agency who will then offer the same to EWS/LIG households in waiting list. Private sector also will be encouraged to build rental housing stock with appropriate government support for the benefit of migrants.

Such initiatives and experiences of other states will be discussed for the benefit of all other states and stakeholders besides the expectations of industry from affordable housing policies of States.

Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) launched in June this year, about 2 crore houses are to be built in urban areas by the year 2022 to ensure housing for all. Out of this, 96% is meant for EWS and LIG households. Central government has proposed to extend assistance in the range of Rs.1.00 lakh to Rs.2.30 lakhs per each dwelling unit to be built under PMAY.

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