In the past five years, the civic body was able to provide possession to only 991 affordable houses as against approved 44,900 houses in more than 65 schemes. As per JDA records, more than 15,000 flats of EWS/LIG category are under construction and will be allotted soon. The work in 69 multi-storied housing schemes is in progress. Similarly, plots will be allotted in 15 housing colonies.
An official said, the civic body provides relaxation in land conversion, building map approval and other charges to developers for constructing houses for EWS and LIG category. In return of the benefits, the private developers have to develop schemes and invite applications by lottery in the presence of representative of local bodies. “Around 36,000 affordable houses are proposed to be constructed in private schemes and 7,500 houses in JDA colonies. JDA is planning to impose late fee on the developers who have not completed the construction,” said an official.
Sources said, in a recent meeting the zone commissioners were also directed to monitor the houses and plots constructed under the Chief Minister Jan Awaas Yojana. However, report of 19 schemes is still pending.
As per the township policy rules, builders or developers launching group housing schemes or high-rises have to construct houses for EWS and LIG category. Till date, no project has been cancelled or penalty has been imposed on developers who have not initiated construction.
Sources said, “Developers had shown apprehension to construct houses for poor on premium land and schemes. Following this, relaxation was provided to construct houses for EWS and LIG category on some other project land. However, many have not adhered to the policy. But no action was taken,” he said.