The Haryana government had decided to kick off an affordable housing program amid much fanfare but as is the case with so many things in the country, this crucial project has now come to a complete standstill. As per the project 30 thousand flats were to be allocated at Gurgaon in the National Capital Region but the National Capital Region Planning Board or NCPRB has opted to put on hold the meeting that is expected to finalize the developmental plan, which had been submitted by the state administration of Haryana. This had been done prior to the nationwide Lok Sabha elections.
It was expected to remain in force till May 16, when the results were declared. Now it is being assumed that the project may have lost out 6 months as far as completion is concerned. Even officials have admitted that this delay could have serious repercussions as far as the project's completion is concerned but they have stated that they are helpless. It has been revealed that when the government fixed the allotment of rates for the residential units, the whole process was done keeping in mind the financial requirements of that period of time construction expenses were an important component of the same. This is why any delay will have serious ramifications for the whole project because there is a good chance that with the ever increasing costs the word affordable would not apply anymore to the concerned project.
What needs to be realized in this scenario is that Haryana is now drawing its fair share of intellectual capital from outside the state as well and for them to consider the state, and not any other destination, a viable option it is very essential that the basic amenities are provided to them at costs that are within their reach and cost effective housing is one such requirement. If people, who are working in a foreign state, do not have something that they can call their home it becomes very hard for them to focus and perform well and this in turn affects their productivity and the state s efficiency in the long run.
The affordable housing program, or rather its absence, will also affect the lower middle class section of Haryana. This program was supposed to be executed by certain colonizers and as per available information there had been 35 applications put forward for the same. The ones, who were supposed to be allocated the said project, were also in line to receive special discounts and they were supposed to complete the whole program in the time that would have been allotted to them.
If successful this program would have had several positive effects on the state's economy. For starters, the lesser rates would have prompted many enterprises both new and established to invest their time and money into completing the same. Thanks to the construction and related activities there would have been a requirement of abundant labor, which would have provided jobs to many people who need such opportunities badly. However, the country and town planning department of Haryana state government had decided to stop providing licenses to the private developers following directives issued by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
In the said directives it had been stated that new licenses could only be authorized once the NCRPB provided its consent to the plan in question. This effectively scuppered the chances of the developers to go through with any plan that they may have had. The department for town and country planning had submitted a new plan to the board a few months back with the hope of receiving a quick consent but to no avail.
This entire episode also shows how bottlenecks in the administrative setup are choking the possibilities of the state's department. It is imperative that the said issues are resolved as soon as possible so that the state can be allowed to walk its path of progress and achieve its true place in the comity of Indian states.