No takers for RHB's housing plan for secretariat employees
Aug 29, 2013
Source : The Times of India


JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Housing Board's (RHB) residential scheme for secretariat employees launched by chief minister AshokGehlot failed to attract any takers as only three per cent application forms were received against the 1,000 proposed flats.

The RHB has planned to construct 1,000 houses under higher income group (HIG), middle income group, (MIG, A) and (MIG, B) categories at Indra Gandhi Nagar, Sector 10 and 12 in Jagatpura. According to the official records, only 180 applications forms were sold for the scheme out of which 30 applicants have shown interest to purchase flats in the scheme.

"The board is planning to cancel the scheme and refund the money to the applicants. The proposal will be forwarded to the chairman and the commissioner. The applicants who have shown interest will be adjusted in some other scheme of RHB as it is not possible to construct the entire scheme for a few. A letter to inform the state government in this regard has been written," an official source said.

It is being assumed that the houses did not sell as the prices were high. Also, many employees were not eligible to apply as they do not fulfill the terms and conditions. "An employee already having a house more than 90 meter distance in the city is not eligible to apply. Recently the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has also launched the scheme for secretariat employees in which 200 meter plots were allotted.

In RHB other schemes too, purchasers are discouraged to buy flats due delay in housing projects and constant increase in prices. This can be easily witnessed by the number of applications received by the board recently for higher income group (HIG) and middle income group (MIG) as it is quite less than the proposed flats.

However, lower income group (LIG) and economically weaker section (EWS) continue to be the buyers of these housing schemes.

As per the documents available with TOI, in the last six housing schemes proposed in Pratap Nagar and Sanganer, the RHB is not able to attract HIG and MIG buyers.

Sources informed that these schemes were launched in February and despite extending the date of depositing application forms twice, the desired number of applications was not achieved.

An official source said the major reason buyers were not interested in RHB flats is the increase in cost. "In the last two years, the construction cost has been raised by more than 30%. For instance, cost of MIG - B category flats has gone up to Rs 7 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. A flat which was priced at Rs 25 lakh is approximately Rs 33 lakhs now," the source said.

A senior official claimed that RHB's own self-financing schemes (SFS) and at far-flung locations is another major reason why people are showing disinterest. "In SFS schemes, allottees have to deposit money in installments. Many allottees do not deposit money on time and because of the defaulters, people who have paid the entire amounts are not able to take possession of the flats," the official said.

"Allottees also have to bear money if RHB delays the construction. This happens in almost in every scheme. Due to this, buyers are losing interest," he added.

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