Govt launches new housing scheme,Before its last budget

Akali Dal-BJP government announced a slew of decisions, including housing facility for lower/middle income group. The cabinet meeting was called to discuss policy decisions before passing the last budget of this tenure of the government in its session beginning on March 8. Calling it as an affordable housing policy, the government said that it will have incentives in the form of reduced change of land use (CLU), external development charges (EDC) and licence fee. "Promoters can now construct affordable houses for economically backward strata of society. Maximum area under the affordable housing scheme would not exceed 10% of total gross area and minimum area proposed is five acre contiguous and compact chunk of land. All such projects would be necessarily required to be completed within five years from date of issue of license to avail these benefits," the government said. As per new policy, it would be mandatory for real estate developer to provide the facility of one built up community hall, not less than 3,000 square feet, for every five acre of land, besides one nursery school of not less than 3,000 square feet in the prescribed area of the scheme. Super area of the flats would range from 750 square feet to 900 square feet, it added. In order to bill Amritsar as a tourist destination ahead of elections, the government also announced to construct a 1947 Partition museum, city museum, cottage emporium of other states, coffee shop on PPP mode. "The Town Hall building became vacant after municipal office was shifted to new building," the cabinet note said. The government reiterated its committment to provide free pilgrimage to people desirous of visiting holy places like Nanded Sahib, Ajmer Sharif, Varanasi, Mata Vaishno Devi and others, at a cost of Rs 46.5 crore. The cabinet also gave approval to accept the recommendations of cabinet sub-committee to form a uniform policy for creation of steel silos for storage of food grains in the state. .

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