In a move to achieve the target of providing houses to lower income group and economic weaker section category, the Urban Development and Housing (UDH) department of Rajasthan announced amendments in various provisions of the Chief Minister Jan Awas Yojana -2015.

The amendments were made after receiving feedback from various Associations of Developers, Development Authorities (Ajmer, Jaipur and Jodhpur), Urban Improvement Trust (UITs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and reviewing the provisions.

As per the notification, in residential schemes proposed by private developers on their own land 10% of the saleable area on plotted colonies and 7.5% floor area ratio in apartments is to be reserved for EWS and LIG category. However, if the scheme of the area is less than two hectares (plotted scheme) and less than 5,000 sqm (flatted development), the developer has the option of paying charges.

“For plotted development, developers can deposit 10% cost of land of saleable area. This cost will be levied as per the reserve price or district lease committee (DLC) rates. Similarly, the department will charge Rs 100 per square feet for 7.5% floor area ratio (FAR) for flatted development,” said an official.

As per new provision, the state government has also reduced the amount of penalty on developers for delaying the construction of EWS and LIG houses. Now the department will charge penalty per unit wise, which was earlier charged on per square feet basis.

“For three months delay in construction of EWS/LIG houses, a penalty of Rs 5,000 per unit will be imposed. Similarly, for causing a delay of more than six months the penalty of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on the developer. In case, construction in it is not completed in the extended period of 12 months then action will be taken against the developer as per the rules,” said an official

A panel of expert agencies (government engineering colleges/institution/department) will be prepared by the nodal agency for quality control.