Affordable Housing
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In a recent development, the Haryana Cabinet has approved a comprehensive affordable housing policy – ‘Housing for all-2018’ for core areas of municipalities in the state. A press release has been issued by the state government after the meeting which said that in order to implement the policy, the power under the Haryana Development and Regulations of Urban area Act, 1975, would be delegated by the Town and Country Planning Department to the Urban Local Bodies Department.

According to the newly approved policy now for core areas, projects would be allowed in core areas of municipal towns with an area of minimum one acre and maximum five acres.  The floor area ratio (FAR) should be 250 till 2.5 acres of land; while it should be 275 for areas between 2.5 to 5 acres.

Talking about the allotment rates, the amount has been fixed at Rs 4,000 per sq ft in hyper potential zones, Rs 3,000 per sq ft in high potential zones, Rs 2,500 for medium potential zones and Rs 2,100 per sq ft in low potential zones.

However, keeping in mind that a limited number of projects shall be allowed under this policy, the cabinet has decided to waive off the license fees and internal development charges. On the other hand, scrutiny fees at prescribed rates would be levied.

Moreover, during the allotment process, first preference would be given to physically handicapped persons, senior citizens, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes, minorities, single women, transgenders and other weaker and vulnerable sections of the society. Also, the identified beneficiaries would be provided a financial assistance of Rs. 2.5 lakh (Rs 1.5 lakh under center’s share and Rs 1 lakh under the state’s share).