Govt disappointed with private builders

NEW DELHI: The government has expressed disappointment over not a single proposal coming from private builders for low-cost homes and asked realty firms to promote affordable housing that has been given infra status recently.

Addressing a real estate conference, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said builders should not make any “more excuses” as the government has met their long standing demand of according infrastructure status to affordable housing in the Budget for 2017-18.

The minister urged the states not to deviate and dilute the rules under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, amid reports that some of the states have changed the key provisions of the law.


“I am rather disappointed that not a single proposal has come from private builders so far even though PMAY (Urban) has been designed envisaging a big role for private sector,” he said at the conference organized by industry body PHDCCI.

Naidu said there are huge opportunities for private sector under various components, including affordable housing in partnership (AHP), of the mission.

“For a long time, you have been demanding infrastructure status for housing sector… Now, developers have no more excuses to keep on dithering about promoting affordable housing in a big way,” Naidu said.

The Minister underscored that infra status for affordable housing would go a long way in placing more cash in the hands of home buyers and act as “catalyst” for the growth of low cost housing projects.

With the ambit of scheme extended by covering people with incomes of up to Rs 18 lakh per year, he said, “So, the opportunity is knocking at the door. Now, it is for developers to rise to the occasion post Infrastructure status, Real Estate Act and demonetization. No more excuses I repeat.”

Naidu directed HUPA Secretary Nandita Chatterjee to soon hold a meeting with all stakeholders, including developers bodies, banks and housing finance companies, to find out the reasons for the

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