State Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel distributed allotment letters to 1,239 applicants of EWS housing scheme,which was announced by Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) in 2000-01 for economically weaker sections (EWS). In all,18,000 applications were received in 2000-01. The minister promised that the houses would be handed over to the beneficiaries before Diwali as a new year gift from Narendrabhai Modi.
When Narendrabhai is doing so much to ensure a decent housing for the poor,let us vote for him and help become the next Prime Minister, she said in an emotive appeal to the beneficiaries,who as per the scheme rule,would lose the house the moment the government came to know of any beneficiary transferring possession or ownership rights. Doing so would mean losing the house and facing penalty as well,she warned. She said all the houses under the scheme would have metered water supply.
Patel said that after introduction of the new,transparent,slum-free cities policy,many builders had come forward to take part. The three schemes,houses for which have come up,are in Vastral,Nikol and Shilaj areas.
In all,18,000 applications were received in 2000-01 when the scheme was announced. Out of this,1,600 were wait-listed in the end. Of them,1,470 had paid deposit of Rs 50,000. Owing to procedural problems faced by some of them,only 1,239 applicants got the allotment letters on Monday at the function held at Gujarat University Convention Centre.