R.P. Singh, Commissioner & Secretary, U.P. Housing Development Board (UPHDB)
U.P. Housing Development Board (UPHDB) is continuously working hard to provide affordable flats to everyone. The board is providing shelter to EWS, lower and middle class people. In an exclusive interview, Housing Commissioner RP Singh elaborates on the board’s planning and execution. Excerpts…
What is the contribution of UPHDB in providing shelter?
In Uttar Pradesh (UP) we have combined housing for all with chief minister’s dream project Samajwadi Awas Yojana under which we have targetted construction of 10,000 houses. About 90 per cent of the houses are registered in Ghaziabad, Lucknow and Meerut and construction has also started. Allotment letters have been issued to buyers of Lucknow’s Vrindavan & Awadh Vihar Yojana. UPHDB has also won first prize for constructing houses in lower and limited cost. The board has also constructed houses for EWS and lower class under Ashraya Yojana. More than 60 per cent of the houses are given to EWS under Valmiki-Ambedkar Malin Basti Awas Yojana, BSPU, Shahari Garib Awas Yojana etc.
What steps are taken towards providing low cost housing?
Looking at the financial levels and problems, we have kept several payment options for the buyers so that they can buy their own roof. If the buyer pays the whole amount within 60 days then flat 2 per cent discount will be provided, along with this three years and 10 years payment options are also available. Quality construction cell is also set established to supervise the quality construction.
What are the new projects under the development board?
Samajwadi Yojana (Gulmohar Enclave) is a multi storied residential building at Mandola Vihar, Ghaziabad. Under this scheme, 521 1BHK flats will be developed, costing around R11.40 lakh. And 1,430 units of 2BHK at R18.80 lakh per unit. Similar type of societies are also developing in Meerut and Lucknow.
Elaborate on your latest scheme.
We have recently introduced online payment option for the buyers so that their time and energy can be saved by paying EMI and other charges online. Earlier in the offline system, the customers needed to deposit the amount in the bank and then had to deposit a slip in the UPHDB’s office. The government is also working on e-stamping.
What measures are taken for quality maintenance?
UPHDB is a certified organisation for providing best product and services to its internal and external customers. We have got appreciated with the best rating in the year 2003 for our best quality and customer satisfaction. This increased the trust and popularity of the board. In the current market scenario, the biggest challenge is to stand at the top by providing good services and product to the buyers. Along with this, we regularly provide training to our manpower regarding the new technologies and modern art of working. Since the last 10 years the board is running management development centre in Lucknow which provides training on latest research in this sector.