Rajasthan Government has taken lead in promoting affordable housing by signing four Memoranda of Understanding firming up an investment of Rs.5,400 cr. These four MoUs were a part of 27 MoUs signed entailing an investment of Rs.12,478 cr in housing and urban development projects in Jaipur today in the presence of Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Smt.Vasundhara Raje Scindhia. These include 14 MoUs for promoting housing projects with an investment of Rs.9,273 cr.
Tata Housing Development Company Ltd has committed to invest Rs.2,000 cr in affordable and mixed use township over an area of 10.12 hectares. Mahima Real Estate Private Ltd has signed MoU with the state government to invest Rs.1,700cr in affordable housing and group housing followed by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) and Wish Empire who have undertaken to invest Rs.500 cr each in Rajasthan.
The 14 housing related investment projects are expected to provide employment to 26,650 persons. Total employment from the 27 MoUs signed today is expected to be 38,950.
Other MoUs related to Medical and Health Care, Education, Industry and Tourism in different parts of Rajasthan.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu complimented Rajasthan for being in the forefront of implementing new urban sector initiatives. He said that the MoUs mobilizing investments in affordable housing will act as light house to others. Shri Naidu further said that Rajasthan was the first state to submit AMRUT action plan to the Ministry of Urban Development, first to identify 40 cities for taking up housing projects under Housing for All Mission in urban areas and the first state to ensure complete convergence in implementing Smart City Mission, Atal Mission (AMRUT), Heritage Mission and Housing Mission.
Shri Naidu noted that there is a new churning and new beginning by urban local bodies and the States since the launch of Smart City Mission and a new enthusiasm to address the challenges of urbanization in the country.
The Minister said that recasting of country’s urban landscape is a challenging task given the inadequacy of basic infrastructure in urban areas which also offered immense investment opportunities. The Minister gave details of the benchmarks and actual availability in respect of basic services pointing out gaps in the range of 31% in respect of toilets and to a high of 96% in case of reuse and recycling of urban waste.