Mohali development body’s EWS flat scheme in hibernation mode

October 8, 2022
Mohali development body's EWS flat scheme in hibernation mode

MOHALI: The housing scheme for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), mooted by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), has gone into hibernation mode as even after many efforts, the authority has failed to launch the scheme till date.

In total, GMADA was planning to construct 22,000 flats for the EWS, for which the authority has already acquired 230 acres of land for the project. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) has already been prepared by GMADA.

The Economically Weaker Section (EWS) housing policy got rolling after the previous Punjab Cabinet had approved the policy.

Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had announced that the authority will be charging only the construction cost for the flats to be given to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), excluding the land cost.

Initially, the GMADA got 230 acres of land back from 46 builders five years ago as part of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) housing policy, but the authority has failed to build the 22,000 housing units, leaving the poor in lurch. As per the sources, initially GMADA will build houses in four of its townships on about 54 acres of land – on 13.49 acres in Aerocity, on 17.48 acres in IT city, on 3.60 acres in ECO-City-1 and on 20.17 acres in Eco-City-11.

As many as 7 houses will be built with four floors, including the ground floor, on about one acre of land. The house will be sold to the poor at Rs 10 lakh per house.

As per the policy papers, these houses would be constructed in reasonably sized pockets, along with social infrastructure, such as schools, community centres and dispensaries, at convenient locations to ensure comfortable living for beneficiaries.

The houses would be constructed with the latest brick-less technology and will be offered to eligible families, who will be financed by banks at affordable monthly installment rates.

The family income of EWS beneficiary should not be more than Rs 3 lakh per annum from all sources, as revised by GoI or Punjab from time to time.

The policy provides for eligible applicants to furnish proof of birth in Punjab or of 10 years’ stay in the state from the date of application, such as Aadhaar card or copy of ration card.

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