10 new projects for 5,000 EWS houses in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, Mar 2: The Bhubaneswar
Development Authority (BDA) in association with the Bhubaneswar Municipal
Corporation (BMC) would develop 10 slum development projects in the city to
have new housing stocks and create 5,000 more residential units for
economically- weaker sections (EWSs).
As the city, under various
public-private partnership (PPP) projects, has already made a plan to have more
than 5,000 EWS houses so far in various pockets, this new initiative would add
to that to have over 10,000 housing stocks exclusively for the EWS category
very soon, said a BDA source on Thursday.
The development process would include
both green field and brown field models, i.e., where slums are not there but
land is available presently or where there is a need to relocate the slum
residents to develop the project by creating land.
Notably, the State Government has come
up with a policy for ‘Housing for All’ in urban areas to promote development of
affordable housing units. As per the policy, there are seven models to ensure more and more affordable houses across the State through seven types of PPP
However in the aforesaid 10 slum
projects, appropriate models would be considered so that the work is done
faster to ensure housing for the poor.
Apart from the PPP housing models, an
innovative public-private community participation (PPCP) model would be
introduced for the first time in the State to achieve the urban housing dream
for the needy. In this initiative, the stakeholders and community members in
the slums would play an active role in ensuring smooth progress and timely
completion of the housing target.
Active involvement of slum dwellers
would lead to formation of slum-level registered societies to create an
enormous social capital, thereby helping in smoothening and expediting the
process of relocation and rehabilitation and ensuring timely completion of the
EWS housing units.

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