The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is likely to start delivering flats under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) from July next year. GDA officials said 1,388 flats under the scheme are in various stages of construction and GDA and private developers have been given a target by the state government to construct 36,000 units by 2021.
But a major hurdle coming in the way of timely completion of flats is delay on the part of the state government in changing the land use of plots where the flats are coming up.
“There are 432 flats in Dasna and 856 in Madhuban Bapudham and delivery of these flats will be made by July 2020,” said Kanchan Verma, vice-chairperson, GDA. “We have been given a target to complete around 36,000 flats, to be jointly built by GDA and private developers. But approval of the detailed project report of many projects have been held up because the state government is still to give nod to change the land use. Now, when the model code of conduct is no more in place, we hope that things will speed up,” Verma added.
There are nine pending DPRs, of which four are under private developers and five are under GDA. “We hope the DPR for projects, where around 19,000 units are coming up, would be cleared soon,” said Verma. According to the rules, a project cannot start till land use of a plot is changed, from agriculture to residential in case of private developers, and from land management committee (LMC) to residential, for projects undertaken by GDA.
Places where GDA is planning to build affordable houses are Koyal Enclave, Pratap Vihar, Masuri, Newari, Dasna, and Madhuban Bapudham. The government is contemplating to hike the per unit cost of flats under PMAY. The cost fixed by state government is Rs 4.50 lakh and there is a plan to increase it to Rs 6.50 lakh. If implemented, the contribution of the state and the central governments will remain unchanged but beneficiary contribution will go up from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh.