Haryana ups brick rates, crashes govt’s low-cost housing plans

Haryana ups brick rates, crashes govt’s low-cost housing plans

New Delhi: Meeting on Monday to also discuss PIL by farmers opposing land acquisition for project
The good news: the Delhi Government is ready to allot the first 9,000-odd homes under the Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojana, a project aimed at offering at least 4 lakh low-cost homes to the economically deprived populace of the Capital.
The bad news: the project might have hit a roadblock.

The reason: escalating cost of bricks, and litigation over land to be acquired by the government for the scheme.

Post-Assembly elections, with the election code of conduct now lifted, Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta on Monday would meet top officials from all departments involved to take stock of the progress. Among these are the legal department, the land and building department, and the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC), in charge of the construction.
Senior government officials said the cost of homes — they are priced at Rs 2 lakh per dwelling at present — is bound to go up after the Haryana government increased taxes on manufacturing of bricks. This, they say, would defeat the very purpose of offering low-cost homes to slum dwellers.

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