BHUBANESWAR: The government will soon alienate around 100 acre to build affordable houses for economically weaker sections (EWS) at Gothapatna on the outskirts of the city, development commissioner Injeti Srinivas said here on Monday. The government is planning to launch its first such project in the city by August.
"The Khurda district collector has identified the land. We will soon alienate it for starting the project," Srinivas said. He was interacting with reporters after a workshop on 'state of the housing sector in Odisha'.
Sources said the district administration had identified 21 acre, in the first phase, for the proposed project. However, the housing and urban development (H&UD) department did not approve of it since these were in very small patches. The district administration has now identified 96.27 acre in three large patches. The H&UD department will verify the land before giving a go-ahead to the district administration for alienation, later this week.
Sources said the government would initially float the project on 15 to 20 acre. Houses would be available for minimum Rs 3.5 lakh. The government has defined income up to Rs 7500 per month as EWS and Rs 7501 to Rs 15,000 as LIG.
The government is planning to adopt 'Model 3' of Scheme for Affordable Urban Housing in Odisha-2012 for Gothapatna. Under the model, government will allot the land to a private developer for construction of EWS and low income group (LIG) housing through competitive bidding. While at least 75% of dwelling units will be reserved for EWS and LIG housing, the developer will be free to use the rest area in any manner subject to building regulations.
Sources said the government is planning to amend the 2012 scheme to introduce a fourth model of creating affordable houses.