Gujarat government is finalising the proposed Slum Development Policy 2013, which aims to promote development of organized housing for urban slum dwellers by both private sector and state agencies.
The government is working on the incentives to be provided for private developers, along with subsidy for carrying out slum rehabilitation projects. Private developers will be offered greater FSI (floor space index) as an incentive.
The state government plans to build 50 lakh pucca houses over the next five years, including 28 lakh dwellings in rural areas.
This was a part of the party’s 2013 election manifesto. It also plans to provide housing to 7.5 lakh slum dwellers in urban areas from economically weaker sections with annual incomes of up to Rs 1 lakh for the nominal price of Rs 50,000.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the state government would instruct civic bodies and Gujarat Housing Board to provide houses to all below-poverty-line (BPL) families in urban areas.
The process of systematic planning and land acquisition is over. The poor will get two-BHK flats, with 36 sq m built up area, at the very place they currently live, reports suggest.
The government may also offer them land at concessional rates and may link the proposed affordable housing policy with the slum development policy too.