The Haryana government has amended its affordable plotted housing policy, introducing strict guidelines for colony developers’, requiring them to transfer 10% of their licenced colony “free of cost” to the government for community facility provision. According to the policy’s amended Clause 4, the colony developer/license holder will not be able to levy the cost of this land on the colony’s residents.
The new guidelines included in amendments to the “Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojana policy – affordable plotted housing policy-2016 are such that it allows the colonizerto develop such community area on its own or through a third party subject to the following conditions:
- To build such community site at its own expense, colonizer cannot charge/levy the colony’s residents.
- The director will specify the type of community site to be developed in the colony based on the need for community infrastructure at the sector level.
- The licensee will not be permitted to sell such community building without the director’s approval, and the proceeds will be transferred to RWA.
Earlier this year, in order to boost affordable housing, the state government revised its New Integrated Licensing Policy-2022, which required colonizers to surrender 10% of their land for affordable group housing to the state government. “The state government will be free to use this area through any public/private agency,” said the Additional Chief Secretary for Town and Country Planning.
“As an incentive for donating 10% of the land to affordable housing, the colonizer will receive a 100% floor area ratio (FAR) on the entire new planned area.” However, if the colonizer is unwilling to give up 10% of his land, they will have another option. “In lieu of surrendering 10% of their land to the government for affordable housing, colonizers can deposit three times the applicable collector rate,” the order revising NILP-2022 stated. According to a senior officer, by amending both of these policies, the government hopes to strengthen the supply side and help balance out the demand-supply mismatch, as well as give a new boost to the growth of affordable housing.