GURGAON: Soon after affordable housing projects were announced in Gurgaon, Naveen Sharma (name changed), who was looking for an inexpensive two-bedroom flat, met representatives of a builder and booked one. But he had to shell out an additional premium over the official cost of the flat.
Sharma's is not an isolated case. Many others, desperate to buy flats under the affordable housing scheme, are paying undocumented premiums to book their flats.
If they followed the regular route, interested buyers would have to fill up the application form for affordable housing, along with a demand draft for a fixed amount, and wait for the lucky draw.
But buyers desperate to land the flats are trying to bypass the lottery process, aided by a nexus of developers and their representatives.
When such complaints reached deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash, he took the issue seriously and made a proposal to the department of town and country planning (DTCP), to route all affordable housing applications through a single portal.
Speaking to TOI, Satyaprakash said he sent his proposal to DTCP after receiving many such complaints about affordable housing projects.
"If all these applications are routed through a single portal, the process will become more transparent and irregularities can be checked," he said.
Additional chief secretary (DTCP), P Raghavendra Rao, told TOI concerns raised by the Gurgaon DC are legitimate and are being addressed.
"We're working on renovating the DTCP website to make it more transparent and place more information in the public domain."
"The concerns regarding streamlining of the processes involved in affordable housing are very important. I've already asked my officials to work on upgrading the related website - tcpharyana.gov.in - to incorporate this feature, rather than host a parallel website," Rao said.
He added that a consultant has already been hired and some work on the issue already done.
Another meeting is scheduled to take place next week to take stock of progress in the matter.
* Policy notified in the second half of 2013.
* The carpet area will range from 28 to 60 sq mt (301.39-645.83 sq ft) and price has been fixed at Rs 4,000/sq ft in Gurgaon.
* The total area of an affordable project will be between five and 10 acres.
* The projects will have to be completed within four years.
* The flats would be allotted through a draw of lots. The licence fees and other such charges such as infrastructure development charges associated with the project, to be borne by the developer, have been waived off by the state government.
*Any person who does not have any prior home under Haryana's state government licensed colony/HUDA developed colony can apply under these projects.