With a view to expedite process towards a slum-free Ahmedabad, Gujarat government has relaxed rules of Slum Rehabilitation Policy – making it friendlier for developers and beneficiaries.
The clause of getting consent of at least 75% of dwellers has been removed for slums on public spaces, while developers have been provided a seven-year period to use transferrable FSI (Floor Space Index). The slum dwellers will become owners of the new houses after staying in for 15 years.
The new rules were introduced in July this year. “This comes as a major relief as it was a mammoth task for developers to get consent of 75% slum dwellers (for rehabilitation). It was also alleged that in the past, developers resorted to tricky practices to get their consent,” said sources in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) .
The state government, to bring the new rules into effect, will set up an authority in each city for slum rehabilitation. The authority so chosen will notify the slum located on public land viz., land owned by the municipal corporation or the state government.
Unlike the old policy, where developers had to select slums for rehabilitation by getting consent of the dwellers, the authority (as per new rules) will invite bids for slum rehabilitation and will award contract through a transparent bidding system.
“The developer bidding for lowest price for construction of units, and highest amount to the authority in lieu of free-held land, will be awarded contract for slum rehabilitation,” said sources.
The new rules will also allow developers to use transferable FSI for seven years, up from five years earlier.
The state government, in the old policy, had allowed rehabilitation scheme only along roads of width 9mt or more. The new policy provides permission for construction on any type of road. But there’s a catch: If a scheme is developed along a road of width less than 9mt, the developer will have to build a G+3 (ground floor and three storeys) scheme.
The new policy allows for buildings up to 70mt height, depending upon road width. Also, tenure of transferring ownership has been reduced to five years – significantly lower from 20 years earlier.
In case of violation of this rule, the authority can cancel the allocation. New rules also provide the allottee right to hold lease for 15 years after which ownership will be given. The land ownership, however, remains with the local civic body.
A primary option of in-situ allocation, alongwith allocation in private affordable housing scheme, is also available to the beneficiary. If he/she doesn’t opt for ‘in-situ’, the beneficiary can summon the authority for a house in a private affordable housing scheme. The developer will have to make an arrangement for the same.
Developer doesn’t require consent of 75% of dwellers for slum rehabilitation on public land
Developer has seven years to use transferrable FSI
The slum dwellers will become owners of new houses after staying in on lease for 15 years
Authority set up for rehabilitation will invite bids for construction work
The redevelopment will now be possible along all types of roads
Maximum height of new schemes set at 70 m – varying upon road width they are built along.