MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Awas Bandhu has come a long way in a very short span of time and is marching ahead for setting up the standards of working in Government offices and organisation. The achievements in Housing sector are described below:-

1. Hi-tech Townships:
Formulation of a policy to develop modern state-of-the-art townships having world class infrastructure facilities, high quality living, working and entertainment conditions which are particularly suited to the flexible uses and space needs of high technology and knowledge based activities.

Objectives of Hi-Tech Townships
• To produce competitive hi-tech marketable estates with an attractive environment for high quality living, work and recreation.
• To encourage high technology and knowledge based industries, tourism and provide facilities for business organizations engaged in modern technologies.
• To facilitiate and create an enabling environment for attracting maximum private investment in housing and infrastructure development.
• To support and enable private investment in other sectors of the state economy.

The Private investment Promotion Packages includes:
• Waiving of 10% land acquisition charges.
• Developer Company entitled to purchase land directly from land owners.
• Exemption of stamp duty from initial purchase or transfer of land.
• Single window clearance for entire project within 30 days.
• Internal & external development by Developer Company (DC).
• DC entitled to collect maintenance charges from the allottees till transfer of services.
• Exemptions from municipal taxes till all services are transferred to local body.
• Autonomy in pricing and marketing of developed stock.

2- Model Building Bye-laws
Development Authorities have been following different set of building regulations adopted from R.B.O. Act.1958, National Building Code and the bye-laws framed at local level by individual authorities. Awas Bandu for the first time prepared a simplified Model Building code for Development Authorities known as "Model Building and Development Bye-laws, 2000". The new Building code prescribes uniform procedure across the state for obtaining development and building permits and incorporates all simplifications/ amendments effected through G.O.s from time to time. For the First time in India, the Plan approval powers are decentralised to private registered architects.

3- Provisions For Physically Disabled
Special provisions are made for Physically disabled people, e.g.:
• Building Bye laws- Provisions of ramps, handrails in lift, special toilet provisions, parking,etc.
• Allotments- Reservation for Physically Handicap people in the allotment of plots or houses developed by Development Authorities and Housing Board and also choice of ground floor allotment in multistoried residential buildings.

4- Simplification of Building Permit Procedure
a) Requirement for obtaining building permit on plots up to 100 sq.m. in the old built-up areas of cities has been abolished.
b) No formal approval of Development Authority/Housing and Development Board is required on building plans for 100-300 sqm. of plots, provided the proposed building plan is in accordance with the provisions of the Master Plan/Building Bye-laws, and is certified by a Registered Architect as such.
c) Presidential plan above 300 sqm. of plot area deemed to be approved if not disposed within a period of 30 days from the submission of the plan.
d) Group Housing and Commercial building plans deemed to be approved if not disposed within a period of 90 days from the submission of the plan.
e) It has been made compulsory for the Development Authorities to issue a calculation-memo to the applicant in respect of various development and other charges payable at the time of obtaining building/development permit.
f) Validity of building permit has been increased from three years to five years.

5- Zoning Regulations Demand oriented and user-friendly matrix to know the regulatory provisions regarding permissibility of an activity in any major Land-use within a Master Plan area, has been devised by Awas Bandhu which is a first of its kind step in india. A simple matrix has also been devised for the calculation of fee (impact fee) under these regulations.

6- Disaster Management Awas Bandhu has taken some pioneering initiatives in India by providing:
• Legal provisions in Uttar Pradesh, regarding safety measures for earthquake resistance construction in plan sanctioning as per the norms of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS),
• Mandatory provisions for involvement of Structural engineers for design and construction of multi-storied and large buildings and completion certificate of such building through structural engineers, and
• Suggestary provision for public as safety precautions in the construction of their buildings and guidelines for purchasing a flat in multistory building and Personal Disaster Prepardness plan.

7- Rain Water Harvesting Regulatory provisions in Bye-laws for layout plans and building plans to resolve the problem of alarmingly decreasing underground water strata in urban areas.Public awareness campaigns are also initiated in this regard.

8- Low Rise & High Rise Zoning- Regulatory provision to maintain the skyline of the cities, conservation of heritage areas, protecting environment by a new technique of zoning.

9- Infrastructure Development Fund Infrastructure Development Fund has been created in all Development Authorities and the Housing and Development Board. A fixed percentage of income from certain identified sources is being regularly credited to this fund to ensure contribution of these authorities towards development of infrastructure such as roads, drainage, sewerage, water supply and development of parks, etc.

10- Blue Print for Infrastructure Facilities Various departments engaged in the development activities of a town lead to duplicity of projects, lack of coordination, overlapping of schemes. To overcome this problem a new concept of "Blue Print for Infrastructure Facilities" has been introduced to bring all departments under a single umbrella and to get optimum results of invested money. Comprehensive software for data transmission from implementing agencies to the Government for monitoring purposes and to the web-site for public viewing has also been successfully developed in house. An effective mechanism based on existing available institutional setup State for planning and implementation of schemes has been framed.

11- E-Governance Awas Bandhu became the first fully computerised office in Govt./Semi Govt. sector of uttar pradesh and pioneering in the field of E-governance in the State. Many software and guidelines are prepared by Awas Bandhu in this field as:
A. SOFTWARES:
Managements Information System (MIS) - to evaluate the overall progress of Development Authorities and for making decisions.
Personnel Information System (PIS) - to create a data bank of human resources to be used by the Govt. of any subordinate department
Library System-to find the relevant books, journals, articles and their availability in the library to be used by all personnel of Housing sector of the State.
One Time settlement (OTS)- to make cumbersome calculations rapidly for quick disposal for every individual approaching Development Authorities to settle their accounts.
Blue Print for Infrastructure Development - online data transmission and capturing for progress review of schemes implementing by every department within city limits of 22 major cities of Uttar Pradesh.
Implementation of Integrated Application Software Package (IASP) - To make various operations of Development Authorities and Housing Board simpler, transparent, quicker and smooth, the IASP has been conceived by Awas Bandhu which will also bring all Agencies/ Depts. of this sector under 'Single Digital Umbrella'.
B- GUIDELINES:
Computer Awareness Policy To meet the most challenging need of this era, i.e. computer awareness, a policy is devised to provide computer training and basic knowledge to use this advance system of information technology for every official working in Housing sector. Simplest Course Structure to understand this technology in shortest possible time is developed by Awas Bandhu.
Hardware standardisations Policy Based on the quantum of work and type of records/works the guidelines have been issued by Awas Bandhu for purchase of computer hardware and their maintenance for best use of these machines.
Digital Signature Awareness Policy Guidelines for the purpose of proper usage of Digital Signature and the number of officers to be nominated in each authority for the allotment of Digital Signature has been issued by Awas Bandhu.