Paradigm Shift Required To Address Housing Shortage In EWS & LIG Category

Paradigm Shift Required To Address Housing Shortage In EWS & LIG Category

Paradigm Shift Required To Address Housing Shortage In EWS & LIG Category

No.PR-11
April 17, 2014
New Delhi

Paradigm Shift Required To Address Housing Shortage In EWS & LIG Category

Dr. Sunil K. Gulati, CVO, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Thursday called for a paradigm shift to address housing shortage in economically weaker sections (EWS) and lower income group (LIG) categories.

Addressing a National Housing Symposium 2014 organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, Mr. Gulati emphasized that a huge percentage of cost of housing construction goes into astray activities amounting to a huge housing shortage in EWS and LIG categories that needed immediate attention.

“The industry has to be made responsible to provide housing for the labour force. There is a need to propagate rental housing that would cater to the large migrant population in cities. Rental housing should be freed from the Rent Control Act and the industry should have a share in rental housing. There is a need to go for vertical expansion of Cities in order to address the issue of land” Dr. Gulati further added.

Dr. Gulati stressed that in order to address the shortage of housing “20 to 25 percent FAR should be earmarked for EWS/LIG categories. DDA should be allowed to demarcate & measure land; Peri Urban areas should be developed and rural housing shortages should be addressed. Proper documentation should be introduced in rural areas through the introduction of ‘Titling Act’; the Lal Dora areas should be revised every 20 years.”

Mr. Alok B. Shriram, Senior Vice President, PHD Chamber in his Welcome Address stated that “housing plays a very important role in the economy. The provision of good quality ‘Housing for all’ is an urgent need that requires immediate attention. Political process needs to be initiated to arrive at meaningful solutions to urban issues such as housing. ”

Mr. Rajeev Talwar, Chairman, Housing & Urban Development Committee, PHD Chamber delivered the ‘Industry Perspective’ and emphasized on “immediate need for policymakers to focus on mitigating housing shortage by amending FAR. There is a need to amend rules and regulations that hinder housing projects.”
ENDS
Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)