The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) formally announced on Wednesday to construct 6,284 houses for the urban poor within two years under Mukhyamantri GRUH Yojana, the affordable housing scheme of the state government. With these, the civic body will build a total of 11,185 houses, including those under schemes like basic services to urban poor and Rajiv Awas Yojana for slum clearance by the end of 2015.
Rajkot Mayor Raksha Boliya and municipal commissioner Ajay Bhadu announced at a press conference that the civic body will construct 2,270 houses for economically weaker section (EWS) of the society whose annual income is up to Rs1 lakh. Similarly, the civic body will also construct 4,514 residential apartments for the Low Income Group (LIG) of the society whose annual income is between Rs 1- 2.5 lakh. While EWS units will be one-bedroom-hall-kitchen (1BHK) flats with carpet area of 28 square metres, the LIG units will be 2BHK flats with total carpet area of 25 sq km. An EWS flat will come at Rs 3 lakh while an LIG apartment will cost Rs 8.5 lakh.
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Forms for the twin schemes will be available from January 28 and the last date of submitting filled-up forms will be March 7, 2014. For EWS, an applicant will have to furnish deposit worth Rs 7,500 while it will be Rs 20,000 for the LIG applicants.
“The computerised draw of lots to decide beneficiaries will be conducted in early March this year and the possession of houses will be given by March next year. The beneficiaries will have to start paying equalised monthly instalments (EMIs) from May 2014 onwards,” Bhadu said.
An EWS beneficiary will have to pay nine EMIs worth Rs 32,500 each, plus maintenance deposit with the last installment. Similarly, LIG beneficiaries will have to pay eight EMIs each worth Rs 92,000 and the ninth EMI of Rs 94,000, plus maintenance deposit with it.
Of the 6,284 total flats, 700 EWS and 882 LIG flats will be constructed at nine locations, including Stanam Park, New Radhakrushna Society, Madhuvan Park and Jungleshwar in the East zone of the city. Similarly, 2,070 EWS and 2,282 LIG units will come up at locations like Popatpara main Road, Ronaki village main Road and Keyurpark main Road.
Bhadu said that originally, an EWS and an LIG unit will cost civic body approximately Rs 6 lakh and Rs 9.5 lakh, respectively. While Central government will give a grant of Rs 75,000 per unit, state government will contribute Rs 1 lakh per house. RMC will spend Rs 1.25 lakh on each EWS unit and thus have to shell out Rs 34.62 crore. The total project cost will be Rs 517 crore, officials said.