Space may be reserved for poor in housing projects

January 5th, 2009 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) In order to make housing affordable for the weaker sections of society, the government is thinking of reserving 20 percent of space in housing projects for them.Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja, Monday said her ministry will ask state governments to reserve developed land for the economically weaker sections in various housing projects.

“Once the policy is passed, it will be mandatory for all private developers to accommodate the poor in their housing projects,” Selja said.

“There is enough scope of profit-making for developers and any development will not be done at the cost of marginalising the poor people,” she added.

The new policy proposal is part of mandatory reforms to avail of funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.

“Delhi and many cities including Gurgaon, Faridabad, Pune, Bangalore, Indore, Banagalore, Kolkata and Lucknow have in principle agreed to follow ‘adequate housing reservation’ policy,” a senior housing ministry official said.

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