Lucknow: Keeping in view the affordable housing needs of the lower and middle-income groups in urban areas of Uttar Pradesh, the government is mulling a new township policy.
Chairing a high-level meeting on Tuesday night, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said: “Availability of housing and allied infrastructure facilities is essential for the planned and sustainable development of cities.
“Planned urbanization has increased rapidly in the state in the last five and a half years. This should be further encouraged keeping in view the future needs.”
He said the demand for affordable housing for low and middle-income groups was highest in the urban areas in which the private sector had an important role to play.
“In such a situation, a viable new township policy should be formulated according to the needs of the state to encourage planned urban development through private capital investment,” he said.
The Chief Minister said land was the first requirement for housing construction.
“The process of land mobilization needs to be simplified for easy availability of land to the investors. The process of land-use change should be further simplified. Considering the past experiences, there should be a single window system for various approvals and no objections,” he said.
He said that priority should be given to vertical development to ensure optimum utilization of land. “The minimum area of the township should be fixed at 25 acres. In the project of more than 50 acres, there should be a provision for the requirement of experienced lead members in the real estate.”
Yogi said it was the endeavor of the state government to provide housing facilities to every family of the society according to their economic condition.
“At the same time, protection of the interests of the landowners and farmers along with the customers should also be ensured,” he said.
He said that along with the approval of the project, the deadline for completion should also be fixed. “At the time of inception of the plan, there should be a clear provision regarding the minimum land of the total project area.”