Punjab government is all set to launch a slew of urban housing projects across the state. The states housing department has prepared a plan to develop more than 50 urban estates in most of the upcoming towns in the state. These urban estates of various sizes will offer plotted housing. However in areas where land is at a premium,the urban estate will also have multi-story complexes.
There is a big demand for houses. The government has been unable to offer sufficient housing which has led to the setting up of hundreds of unauthorised colonies. Private builders who set up their colonies on the outskirts are basically cashing in on the need of the people, said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Government developed urban estates are most preferred. We have to just ensure that there is enough housing offered for everyone. We have asked the housing department to ensure that the earnings from these urban estates are ploughed back into the development and upkeep of the town.
The various estates will be developed by the specific authorities under PUDA. The towns where these urban estates have to be developed have been identified. (see box).
Urban development authorities have been asked to acquire land under the land pooling scheme. Farmers whose land is acquired will be given a residential plot of 1,000 square yards and a commercial plot of 100 square yards for every acre acquired. However there will be an option for taking cash compensation also, said S K Sandhu,principal secretary housing (Punjab).
The deputy chief minister has suggested that the department look at the possibility of using government land to set up these urban estates, added Sandhu.
The first of these urban estates will come up at Sri Anandpur Sahib where the project has already been launched.
Proposed urban estates
Bathinda Development Authority: Bathinda,Rama Mandi,Mansa,Budhlada,Sri Muktsar Sahib,Fazilka,Jalalabad,Abohar and Kotkapura.
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA): Ropar,Kurali,Anandpur Sahib.
Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA): Mullanpur,Jagraon,Doraha,Samrala,Phillaur,SBS Nagar,Banga,Moga,Ferozepur and Zira.
Jalandhar Development Authority: Jalandhar,Nakodar,Bhogpur,Kartarpur,Adampur,Hoshiarpur,Dasuya,Tanda,Phagwara and Kapurthala.
Patiala Development Authority: Rajpura,Samana,Sangrur,Sunam,Dhuri,Malerjkotla,Barnala,Fatehgarh Sahib,Amloh and Mandi Gobindgarh.