GANDHINAGAR: The state cabinet has cleared four low-cost housing schemes under the Mukhyamantri Aavas Samruddhi Yojana for the lower income group (LIG), the middle income group (MIG) and the urban poor. However, the government is yet to announce an affordable housing policy. The schemes approved are slum-rehabilitation scheme; housing schemes for neo-middle class, economically weaker sections and low-income group and a scheme for ‘in situ’ pukka houses for slum-dwellers.
Giving details of the cabinet decision, government spokespersons Nitin Patel and Saurabh Patel said that the current government, in its first budget, had announced that it would build “affordable houses with necessary facilities under PPP model for 28 lakh urban families in the next 5 years.” For slum rehabilitation project, registration of allotted houses will be done on stamp paper of Rs 100. For houses for slum-dwellers and weaker sections, government land in urban areas will be used. Under schemes for economically weaker sections, persons with an annual income of up to Rs one lakh will be given houses. The state government will provide assistance of Rs 1,00,000 per house.
Families with an annual income of Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 2,50,000 will get the benefit under LIG scheme.
These schemes are likely to boost the state’s real estate market for affordable houses besides bringing the state government a step closer to keeping the Gujarat chief minister’s election promise of building 50 lakh low-cost houses in the state in the next five years.