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UP housing dept sets eyes on illegal constructions, moots affordable housing for FY2018

LUCKNOW: The housing and urban planning department of state government has set a new agenda for FY 2018 with focus on three important tasks- crackdown on illegal constructions, building maximum affordable housing units under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) and ensuring implementation of Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) in all development authorities. The department held its first progress review meeting on June 8 under the new principal secretary- Mukul Singhal in UP Housing and Development Board (UPHDB) office. Officials from all 28 development authorities of UP, five special development authorities of Siddhartha Nagar, Mirzapur, Vindhyachal, Bhadohi, Chitrakoot and the UPHDB attended the meeting. Sources privy to the development told TOI, “We have been asked to prepare an action plan for the entire year on all these parameters- illegal constructions, affordable housing and implementation of RERA across state. Though earlier state government had made certain amendments in the RERA, the new government wants the Act to be implemented in its original spirit as notified by the Centre.” RERA will help allottees get possession in scheduled time as it will make it binding on the part of development authorities to complete their projects within deadline. Also, they would also have to bring an effective control on illegal constructions while also take action on the offenders. For this, there has been a long pending proposal with the government to implement online map approval system in all development authorities. Singhal will review progress of the software which has to be adopted by the authorities to allow online approval of maps. This will check any flouting of building bylaws as the system would be timely vetted by all senior officials. Under PMAY, the Centre has given a target to build around 5 lakh houses in UP but due to cash crunch, the state government targets to build only 2 lakh affordable units. The officials have to suggest plan as to how would they build cost effective flats within range of Rs 8 lakh, given there is land scarcity in state.

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