Revolutionising affordable living! Mohali’s EWS housing project introduces cutting-edge brickless units for a sustainable tomorrow.
After a long wait of nearly a decade, the economically weaker section (EWS) housing project in Mohali is set to witness a remarkable transformation. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) has taken a significant step forward by appointing a consultant for the ambitious project, signalling a fresh start for the much-awaited initiative.
The inception of this groundbreaking project was made possible by the Punjab EWS Housing policy, which was officially announced in August 2021.
Per the policy’s guidelines, Gmada will adopt a revolutionary brickless technology to construct the houses, setting them apart from traditional construction methods. The chief administrator of Gmada, Rajiv Gupta, revealed that the first phase of construction will see 5,000 dwelling units taking shape.
To ensure seamless execution, a public sector undertaking of the Government of India has been selected through an open selection process to act as the project management consultant (PMC). This PMC will oversee every aspect of the project, from developing a user-friendly web portal for inviting applications to analysing market demand, closely monitoring construction activities, ensuring top-notch quality, and maintaining strict vigilance until handing over the units to their respective Resident Welfare Associations (RWA).
Approved by the cabinet on March 9, 2021, the EWS housing policy envisages the construction of 25,000 EWS houses. These houses will be built under the supervision of Special Urban Planning and Development Authorities, operating under the umbrella of the Housing and urban development department. Remarkably, the flats will only charge the construction cost to the EWS families, excluding the land cost, making the dream of owning a home more accessible to those in need.
Gmada has already secured 230 acres of land for this commendable initiative, with plans to construct a total of 22,000 flats for the economically weaker sections of society. “A consultant has been hired to create the blueprints, and the Detailed Project Report (DRP) is ready,” stated the Gmada chief administrator. The next step involves calculating the estimated cost of the entire project, building upon the policy approved by the Punjab cabinet in 2021.