Bhubaneswar puts aside 100 acres for affordable housing

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The Odisha government is to reserve around 100 acres to build affordable houses for the economically weaker sections (EWS) at Gothapatna on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. The government is planning to launch its first such project in the city by August.

“The Khurda district collector has identified the land. We will soon reserve it for starting the project,” Development Commissioner Injeti Srinivas said.

The government is planning to adopt ‘Model 3’ of the Scheme for Affordable Urban Housing in Odisha-2012 for Gothapatna. Under the model, the government will allot the land to a private developer for construction of EWS and low-income group (LIG) housing through competitive bidding. While at least 75% of dwelling units will be reserved for EWS and LIG housing, the developer will be free to useA?the rest of the area in any manner subject to building regulations.

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