Ahmedabad: Now that assembly elections are staring it in the face, the state government has suddenly woken up to the people's need for affordable housing. Fifteen years after it last came up with a housing project, the Gujarat Housing Board (GHB) is again planning seven residential schemes in four major cities of the state.
Of these, three would be in Ahmedabad, two in Rajkot and one each in Surat and Vadodara. The schemes will offer a total of 9100 apartments and will include 1, 2, and 3-BHK units.
The GHB plans to perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the schemes in a couple of months and simultaneously invite applications from buyers. It has already floated tenders for consultancy services. Janati Barot, chairman of GHB, said that after the consultant is finalized, structural and civil design for the schemes will be prepared and bids will be invited from contractors for construction of the houses. "We will perform the groundbreaking ceremony in June-July and invite application for buyers," said Barot. All the residential schemes taken together will require 4.70 lakh square meters of land.
Talking about the projects in Ahmedabad, Barot said that the scheme at Naranpura will be for higher-income group with 3-BHK apartments in a 12-storey residential tower. "The 80-square meter unit will cost around Rs30 lakh," he said. The schemes at Hathijan will be for the middle income group (MIG) and lower income group (LIG) and will have one and 2-BHK residential units. A scheme for lower income group will come up at Kalapinagar in Ahmedabad and will have 1-BHK apartments of 40 square meter each.
Similarly, the project at Rangoli on Kalawad Road in Rajkot will be a 'mixed-purpose' scheme which will cater to the needs of all the three segments. However, the scheme at Mujka (also in Rajkot) will be only for LIG.
In Vadodara and Surat, the GHB will develop schemes for LIG and MIG in Tarsali and Ganeshpura areas, respectively. Further, the housing board also plans to complete the Vasant Nagar Township in Gota. "Originally it was planned as 5,000 unit scheme but it could find buyers for only 1100 units. We will revise the project and complete it," Barot said.
Now, however, the GHB will not take the responsibility of providing finance to the buyers. "The board will tie up with banks which will finance the buyers. The money will go back to the construction company. We do not want to take the responsibility of financing buyers anymore," said Barot. The board also wants to add to the design elements in the residential colonies to give it a contemporary look.