With the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda) planning to launch a housing scheme for the middle-income group (MIG), home seekers may get the opportunity to have a roof over their heads at affordable rates. Besides, Auda did not introduce any change in the zoning system for 68 villages under its purview. Having discussed suggestions and objections regarding Ahmedabad’s second revised Draft Development Plan (DP) 2021 at its board meeting on Thursday, Auda will re-publish the DP within a couple of days.
In line with the poll promise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for providing affordable housing in the state, Auda is planning to launch a residential housing scheme for MIG with a price tag of below Rs20 lakh. The Auda plans to launch around 450 units for which tenders would be invited soon and applications in another three months.
“We are in the process of inviting tenders for an MIG housing scheme at Khodiar. The 62 sq mt (667 sq feet) units will be priced below Rs20 lakh. But we do not know exactly how much lower,” said D Thara, chief executive officer of Auda. She said that all the regulations applicable to private developers would be observed in the Auda’s scheme as well. Thara further stated that Auda also plans same type of schemes in other areas of Ahmedabad along with those in Kalol. However, the authority would first carry out a demand survey and on the basis of the results it will decide the type of scheme in one of its growth centres.
The residents of 68 villages, however, under Auda’s purview have been disappointed once again as no zoning changes were mulled at the meeting. It is so despite 75 per cent of nearly 8,000 suggestion-objections were for zone changing.
Auda has allowed the industrial use of closed textile land besides affordable housing and knowledge-education use. But developers will have to part with 40 per cent land. “The developers can use closed textile mill land for industrial use with FSI of I. Moreover, for knowledge-education and affordable housing FSI of 1.8 in R-I zone and FSI of 4 on Transit Corridor,” said Auda chairman Dharmendra Shah, adding that 20 pert cent land could be used for commercial and residential purposes each in case of the industrial use of land.
Moreover, small plot owners may get relief in the front line margin. Auda had proposed a six metre frontage on 30 meter to 40 metre wide roads, which is likely to be reduced to six metres for small plots, said sources. Moreover, Auda may allow common plots on front side of the building as well, they added.
Two new flyovers
Auda has decided to build two new flyovers on S P Ring Road. A six-lane flyover would be built from Ambli Crossroads to Bopal Crossroads at a cost of Rs75 crore and another at Odhav Junction for Rs60 crore.