VADODARA: The Sanjaynagar housing scheme for the urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Aavas Yojana (PMAY) is now being touted to be amongst the biggest of its kind in the country. Work on the scheme formally began after a long delay on Monday.
Mayor Keyur Rokadiya made the claim following the commencement of the work. He said that 2,944 houses for the urban poor will be constructed at the site. “This will be amongst the largest under the PMAY,” he said.
Rokadiya said that the total number of houses being constructed under PMAY at different sites in larger cities were higher than Vadodara, but officials had not come across such a large number of houses being constructed at the same site.
Rokadiya said that the initial contract was for the construction of 1,841 houses for the dwellers of Sanjayngar and 796 additional houses as premium to the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) by the realtor. “However, we negotiated further and convinced the developers to construct 307 more houses at the site as premium,” said Rokadiya.
VMC had razed 1,841 dwellings in Sanjaynagar in May 2017 for the housing scheme proposed there as a public-private partnership under PMAY. Work on the project could not commence as it came to light that some of the plots there were of private parties and also government departments.
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