I was in Delhi yesterday. I had a Workshop on Affordable Housing to attend, as member of National Task Force. I also attended an Audit Committee meeting on KMRCL (where I am a member director; KMRCL deals with East-West Metro). I also took the opportunity to meet Secretary UD GoI, Director of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Vice Chairman DDA, Addl Secretary MoEF and others to request them again to participate in Saturday's workshop.
At the National workshop on Affordable Housing, I learnt of quite a few interesting things:
(a) Section 35AD of the Income tax Act now gives some benefits to investors who develop Affordable Housing for EWS/LIG/MIG
(b) There are seven or so new construction methodologies that have been identified for quick construction of Affordable Houses. Some deal with monolithic, mould based casting technology.
(c) In some states, they are making "hollow plinth" mecthod for using the hollowness as car parking.
(d) In one model, 10 flats/ apartments are being placed on the same floor to minimise costs for 30 sq m flats.
(e) Some Housing Finance Corporations are using NGOs / SHGs to help on paperwork for loans.
We also deliberated at length on definition of EWS/LIG etc
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Times of India has brought out a story on LRT: