Minister for Revenue Sri Surya Narayan Patro and BMC Mayor Sri Anant Narayan Jena at Inaugural of Creadi Property Expo
Bhubaneswar: Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Surya Narayan Patro Saturday said that the State Government is drafting an Act which will provide affordable housing to the middle class population of the State.
Speaking at Property Expo 2013 organised by CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India) Orissa, he said, “The Government is drafting an Act which will facilitate in providing affordable housing to the middle class population of the city. It will ensure identification and smooth acquisition of land for the purpose as well.”
Citing the 2011 census, he said the population of the city has multiplied by manifolds which in turn has given rise to encroachment of land and mushrooming of slums in the city.
“To help the real estate sector and develop residential projects in other urban centers in the State we have Orissa Government Land Sacrament Act. We need a similar kind of law for the capital city to help the real estate sector grow and also provide infrastructure required for it,” Patro said.
On Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s vision for Greater Bhubaneswar by 2020, he said that the State Government is already on its way and will achieve the target. The vision document includes extending the periphery of the capital city till Pipli, Cuttack and Athagarh.
Speaking about the number of slums which has gone up to 729 in the city, he said, “At the moment there is a space crunch. We are fast expanding the boundaries of the city. As far as the slum dwellers and their population are concerned, the Government won’t shoo away them from the land rather will provide small housing units at affordable cost.”
Cautioning the common man against murky land deals and certain unscrupulous builders, he said, “It is the responsibility of the common man to check all the past records and consult a lawyer before striking any deal for the purpose of building houses.”
Also present at the conference, D S Tripathy, President, CREDAI said, “The State Government needs to improve basic infrastructure in the outskirts of the city as a number of housing projects are coming up there.”
Applauding the State Government’s plans to construct affordable houses for the economically weaker section (EWS), he said, “The Government needs to come up with more clear guidelines and town planning schemes which not will boost the real estate sector in the State but will also make the sector more transparent.”