Connect with us

Residential

Housing and Transportation: Smart standards needed for better city planning

Published

on

Housing and Transportation: Smart standards needed for better city plan

The Niti Aayog has pointed out that the design and maintenance of city roads being a major challenge across Indian cities.

With the Centre putting its weight behind the flagship Smart Cities  programme for comprehensive and inclusive urban planning, several quarters within the government, including the Niti Aayog, have pointed out the urgent need to prescribe standards for design and implementation of various tenets involved with two key determinants of urban development — housing and transport.

“Over the longer term, India needs to introduce more fundamental changes to turn our cities into 21st century spaces. We need to introduce spatial planning that simultaneously addresses developmental needs of metropolitan, municipal and ward-level areas,” said the Niti Aayog in its draft three-year action plan.

For standardising the process of building houses – both affordable and high-value ones, former housing secretary Arun Kumar Misra said that not only should standards be put into place as early as possible but should also be updated to be relevant with the latest available technologies.

“For high-value houses, newer standards need to be put in place such as internet connectivity, or making them applicable for the climate and environmental technologies, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, etc. All these things need to be incorporated, and it can be done. Unfortunately, India is a bit weak in adopting newer technologies. However, private sector has the freedom to adopt them. But that requires changes in various norms for CPWD, state PWDs, etc. At both the state and the central levels, introduction of modern, fast house-building technologies, which is applicable for both affordable and high-value housing, is necessary,” Misra said.

He noted that while availability of technology was not a problem, the cost of adopting the latest applications was one.

“It’s not that all this cannot be done, but the question is what are the limiting factors. Technology is not a limiting factor, but cost is. There are some technologies, which have become quite reasonably priced now, and can be adopted, for example security systems,” Misra said, adding that the government needs to focus on having standards that are not passed as one-offs but can be replicated on a larger scale in the immediate future.

A senior government official earlier involved with the smart cities project said that standardising would also ensure vendor redundancy for the authority commissioning a particular project. “If there are no prescribed standards, it would be difficult for Smart Cities programme to maintain its momentum. There could be a certain vendor putting in its systems after winning a tender, but the project does not stop there,” the official said, adding that there was a need for standards for the smallest of things, such as street-lighting.

Notwithstanding the importance of standardising the housing aspect of urban planning, Niti Aayog has pegged that urban transportation should also have common practices considering the ‘intimate connection’ between housing and transportation.

“If a city is planned to provide housing next to workplace, it minimises the time spent on daily commute. Symmetrically, if suburbs and city centre are connected by well-functioning rapid transit system and the central business district has a dense in-city transportation system; residents have the choice to locate in the suburbs where they can afford larger spaces. Housing and transportation are thus intimately connected,” the think-tank noted in the action plan.

The Niti Aayog has pointed out that the design and maintenance of city roads being a major challenge across Indian cities. “The design and maintenance of city roads is a major challenge in Indian cities. The roads are notorious for being pedestrian-unfriendly, poorly surfaced, congested, and constantly dug-up. An important and urgent transformational reform is to draw up national design standards and contracting standards for city roads to address these challenges,” it said.

“Enforceable design standards can ensure that urban utilities are provided ducts under footpaths with inspection chambers, utility networks are mapped, and uniform lane width can be maintained,” it added. The Aayog has also proposed pilot of a public-private partnership model wherein a private contractor builds city roads, and in turn, charges utilities operators for using underground ducts over the concession period. “Such a project has the advantage that it eliminates the need for state utilities to raise capital for building their underground ducts,” it noted.

These apart, the Niti Aayog also recommended running pilots to see if stricter enforcement of traffic rules. “The flow of traffic also needs special attention in Indian cities. Unlike western (countries’) cities, motorised vehicles in India change lanes with high frequency and in unpredictable ways. This creates unnecessary traffic jams and delays,” the draft said. Additionally, it has also recommended incentivising vehicle-sharing services such as Ola and Uber with an aim to reduce the vehicles on roads, which would reduce both congestion and pollution.

Source: Indian Express

Also Read: How Will Home-Buyers Benefit From RERA

Residential

NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

Published

on

By

NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

On Thursday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said with the estimated expense of Rs. 5,556.74 crore, the construction of more than 2,44,164 houses, out of the proposed 3,03,044, has been commenced under the NTR Housing Scheme 2017.

While addressing the second day of the Collectors’ Conference he also said the construction of the remaining houses will begin soon. He mentioned that Prakasam and the Kurnool districts are ahead of the schedule in the urban housing scheme. Also, the works are in full swing in the Nellore and the Guntur districts under the rural housing scheme.

According to Naidu, the government will complete 2.5 lakh houses by January next year and another lot of two lakh houses by June.

By October 2, 2018, the state government intends to finish the construction of all the houses and plans to celebrate with massive house warming ceremony with local public representatives. This will help them set an example for housing schemes in other states.

Also Read: Raunak Group Presents Apna Pehla Ghar Campaign

Continue Reading

Residential

A Mumbai Suburbs’ Swift Transformation From Industrial To A Residential Zone: Wadala

Published

on

By

A Mumbai Suburbs’ swift transformation from industrial to a residential zone: Wadala

An industrial zone primarily, Wadala has undergone a drastic transformation in the past decade. Now an upcoming residential area, this Mumbai suburb is one of the seven islands to form the modern Mumbai. It is located on the Harbour line of Mumbai’s railway network.

Due to its proximity to BKC, large scale land development was inevitable, thus fueling the real estate market. Wadala is bordered by Dadar on the West, Matunga on the Northwest and Sewri on the South. Nestled between south Mumbai and the suburbs, Wadala enjoys strong connectivity by road and rail to most parts of Mumbai.

It has a number of flyovers like the Anik Panjrapol Link Road, Elevated road and Santacruz flyover. Thane, CST and Chembur are connected via the Eastern Highway while the Western Highway connects the locality to Bandra and Borivali. Wadala has the biggest bus depot in Mumbai. Furthermore, the multiple infrastructure initiatives like the monorail, Truck Terminal and the expansion of Highway are in various stages of development.

All this has given rise to residential demand and pushed the property value over the last few years. One of the most populated areas in Mumbai, Wadala has a large number of old temples, churches and dargahs, university campuses, schools, reputed hospitals and is also home to a former world’s largest IMAX dome theater. There are many stores, showrooms and malls around Wadala like the R Mall, High Street Phoenix and Palladium Mall.

Ramesh Nair, COO – business and international director, JLL India says, “A decade ago, property prices at Wadala were as low as Rs 2,800 per sq. ft. and it rose to Rs 14,000 a few years ago.”  As the infrastructure plans are on their way, so are the renowned developers like Ajmera, Dosti Group and Lodha Group among others.

Wadala at present offers one of the highest returns on real estate investments in the region. All the above-mentioned developers have their luxury projects in the area.

Ajmera I-Land introduces Aeon, Zeon and Treon towers with 2, 3 and 4 BHK plush homes. Conceptualized by renowned Singapore based Architects Space Matrix, these spaces with top-of-the-line lifestyle amenities exude exemplary class and finesse. The first residential floor begins at 110 feet from the ground level and offers several modern lifestyle amenities like kid’s pool, swimming pool, gymnasium, club house, open space and landscaped gardens, yoga room, kid’s play area and senior citizen corner.

Dosti Ambrosia is a 36-storey tower nestled in the 18 Acre Township of Dosti Acres. The architecture of the project was undertaken by renowned Hafeez Contractor in the 2 and 3 BHK apartments. It offers an exclusive rooftop swimming pool with 40,000 sq. ft. of landscaped gardens. You will find all modern conveniences like Gymnasium, Tennis Court, Indoor Badminton Court, Yoga and Meditation Room, Elderly Corner, Banquet Hall, Indoor Games, Indoor Badminton Court, Guest Rooms, Restaurant, Grand Entrance Lobby, Kids Play Area, 2 Club Houses and an Amphitheatre.

New Cuffe Parade by Lodha Group offers its residents all the comforts of a world-class lifestyle. The 2 and 3 BHK homes are spread in over 23 acres of land with 15 acres of stunning landscape and 75,000 sq. ft. of the club house. It includes 11 swimming pools, an organic farm, cricket pitch and multiple themed gardens. The buildings are designed by the world renowned WOHA in Singapore and the landscape was planned by Sitetectonix in Singapore.

Also Read: Mumbai to get Building Taller than Burj Khalifa, Road Bigger than Marine Drive

Continue Reading

Residential

Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

Published

on

By

Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

The prices of homes under the ambitious Mukhyamantri Jan Awas Yojana are expected to be increased by the state government.

According to the sources in the empowered committee meeting to be held on Monday, a proposal to increase the cost of a low-income group (LIG) and economic weaker section (EWS) houses will be proposed. Urban development and housing (UDH) minister Srichand Kriplani will chair the meeting. The LIG and EWS houses, presently are being constructed on government lands by private builders. These homes are sold at a fixed rate of Rs 1,250 per sq feet; out of which 1000 rupees per sq ft is given by Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), development authorities and local bodies to the builders.

According to provision 4(A) and 4(B), the developers are supposed to build EWS and LIG houses on government land. Seventy-five percent of such government land can be used in building EWS and LIG houses, while the remaining 25% can be sold by the developers. However, since the rates provided by the government are less the developers are not showing interest to construct houses under these categories. Sources said, “In Jaipur, not a single developer has shown interest in constructing houses under this model. The JDA has invited expression of interest (EOI) several times.”

The UDH is leaving no stone unturned to attract the builders in order to achieve the target of constructing 10 lakh houses by 2019. The sources mentioned, “As per the new proposal, the department has proposed to provide Rs 1,600 per sq feet rate to the developers. The land rates have increased subsequently over the period of time; this is why increasing rates has become a need of the hour.”

Sources further added, “The developers are constructing G+3 buildings at present. However, it is not cost-effective. It has been proposed to construct G+2 buildings for LIG and EWS category.”

Also Read: The Impact Of Regulations On The Real Estate Market

Continue Reading

Trending