BDA Bhubaneswar Affordable Housing Dream Stuck, To Delay Further
Bhubaneswar Development Authority’s dream to develop five Bhubaneswar affordable housing complexes in the city to provide quality accommodation to the people, mainly those belonging to the poorer sections of the society, has not moved much since its inception in 2016.
The promise has remained largely on paper with not even a brick been laid at the project sites planned at Satya Nagar, Chandrasekharpur, Gadakana and Subuddhipur under the state government’s Housing for All Scheme.
The plan was to create a stock of more than 5,000 affordable housing units and 2,600 of those were to have been built at Satya Nagar. Sources said the project was getting delayed as people were protesting against their eviction from the sites.
However, the insiders of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority said the problem existed in the tender documents of several projects. Authority had invited a proposal for the projects at Chandrasekharpur and Satya Nagar, but got lesser participation in the first attempt, said a development authority official.
It was true that the people were mobilising themselves to oppose many such projects, but the case was not the same with each one. To tackle people’s opposition to the project, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation had conducted several community meetings in several slums and also roped in voluntary organisations to settle disputes.
Municipal commissioner, however, said all disputes related to the people’s opposition and tender flaws had been resolved.
Being a first-of-its-kind project, the government believed that the scheme would succeed. The bidders will develop affordable houses on 65 percent of the land and the remaining portion would be used to their liking. However, looking at the pace of the projects, it seems that the project has failed to take off.
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