With 40% of its citizens living in cities, urban development has always been a high priority for the Gujarat government. For Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, the focus has been on making Gujarat slum-free and providing housing for all citizens of the state. In this regard, the Mukhyamantri Gujarat Rural Urban Housing (GRUH) Yojana has been particularly effective. The programme which began in 2013 has been put on the fast-track by the Anandiben Patel government, and two lakh houses will be set up in 2016.
Speaking at the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) CONCLAVE-2015 on “Sustaining High State Growth through Real Estate-The Gujarat Experience”, on 16 December 2015, Chief Minister Patel had said that Gujarat will lead the country to achieve the government of India’s flagship initiative — “Housing for All-2022” — by providing affordable houses to the needy and poor people. Patel said that it is the responsibility of the state government to ensure that the poor get houses at affordable rates and, therefore, the state government has introduced significant provisions and initiatives like the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana to achieve targets of construction of affordable houses.
The Chief Minister shared about the Gujarat government’s commitment to the remotest people in the state and the various welfare initiatives being undertaken to provide assistance, benefits and opportunities to workers and labourers involved in construction activities.
Gruh Yojana Highlights
More than 6,64,000 affordable houses to come up under Mukhyamantri GRUH Yojana, of which 2,20,000 have already been constructed.
Gujarat government will give affordable housing to eligible beneficiaries in lower income groups (LIG), Middle income groups (MIG) & economically weaker sections (EWS), without them facing any extra costs.
To help urban poor, 5.20 lakh sq. mt. surplus lands under the Urban Land Ceiling Act, has been allotted for constructing houses in Municipalities, Municipal Corporation and Urban Area Development Authority areas.
Provision to rehabilitate people dwelling in slums into affordable homes, developed on PPP model, where developer is given transferable development rights (TDRs).
Construction rights revised, focusing on structural safety of houses/building. Earthquake-proof construction now in practice for the people’s benefit.
Gujarat has become the first state in India to take up on-site rehabilitation of slums in urban areas on a PPP basis. Under GRUH Yojana the government will set-up 50,000 houses in different cities with basic amenities for slum-dwellers.