Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narenrda Modi today laid foundation stone for two housing projects for the urban poor at Rajkot with a view to making Gujarat a slum-free state, to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
Mahanagar Seva Sadan has approved one project to build 2,624 residential units of 1BHK with modern toilet at a cost of Rs.82.75-crore on 82,650 sq m plot, each unit of costing Rs.3.37-lakh.
The other project is of 13-storied 416 units costing Rs.57.50-crore, each unit will have 1BHK with two balconies, store room and modern toilet, to be built on PPP model.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Modi said that Gujarat Government has decided to revive Gujarat Housing Board (GHB) constructing 7,000 residential units in four municipal corporation areas. This government has allocated 22-lakh residential units to BPL families during the last 11 years, including 16-lakh units during the last ten year, as against just 10 lakh units built during the previous rules.
Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala said that Rajkot Municipal Corporation has built 13,000 residential units so far as part of the state government’s policy to eradicate poverty, while another 2,000 units are being built now. Gujarat is developing fast without taxing people much. The nation can progress if made free of corruption. GHB Chairman Jayantibhai Barot said that the board has decided to go 13-storey flats as part of paradigm shift, looking to the needs of the time, to build more flats on same plot at affordable price. GHB is building 1,092 units at Vadodara, 630 units at Surat and 416 units at Ahmedabad.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel, Agriculture Minster Dilip Sanghani, BJP State President R.C. Faldu, ex-MP Vijay Rupani, MLAs Govind Patel and Bhanuben Babaria, Mayor Janak Kotke , Deputy Mayor Deepaben Chikani, GHB Commissioner A.K. Rakesh, Collector Dr Rajendra Kumar, Standing Committee Chairman Dr. Jaiman Upadhyay.