Housing societies in Surat to get grants for amenities

SURAT: Residential societies in the city will now have more funds at their disposal to provide various facilities to its members as the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has decided to give them grants for different amenities as part of the civic body’s Golden Jubilee Year.

As many as 10 lakh people living in over 25,000 housing societies are likely to benefit from the decision by the ruling BJP. The work for collecting detail of the housing societies will begin from August 15. The SMC will not bare financial burden of the scheme as the money will come from the local area development funds of MLAs and MPs.

The grants will be available for housing societies that have no dues pending with the SMC.

Under the new scheme, housing societies will get Rs.2 lakh grant for the development of its common plot, Rs 20,000 for setting up roof-top solar system, Rs 10,000 for providing Wi-Fi to all houses, Re. 1 lakh for setting up CCTV cameras and Rs.10,000 as subsidy for setting up a rain harvesting system.

SMC will also provide grant for solid waste converter to societies with area smaller than 50,000 sq m. However, it will provide grant up to 50 per cent of the cost for solid waste conversion for bigger societies. Societies that avail cleaning subsidy will be given apparatus up to Rs 40,000.

Societies will be ranked and graded on various parameters of facilities provided to its members and cleanliness.

“To increase number of trees in the city, SMC has decided on scheme of one tree per house. For this, the civic body will provide a tree and a tree guard worth Rs 100 free to each house,” said Rajesh Desai, chairman SMC standing committee. He said that the scheme is yet to be cleared by the SMC General Board.

The scheme has been floated as part of the Smart City plan of the civic body.

Credits ET Realty

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