Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 18
With an aim to check the mushrooming of illegal paying guest (PG) accommodations across the state, the state government has mooted a new policy for planned student rental housing.
There is a huge student population in the cities. They are currently being forced to opt for unregulated PG accommodations due to lack of formal housing facilities.
Underscoring the need for regulated student housing, K Makrand Pandurang, Special Secretary, Town and Country Planning Department, said developing planned student housing in the proximity of educational hubs would go a long way in discouraging sporadic development of paying guest accommodations in the urban areas.
These projects would help those students who are unable to get hostel accommodations being provided by various educational institutions in the urban areas, he added.
The developers having tie-ups with the educational, coaching and training institutes to cater to the accommodation requirements of their students will get permission for grant of Change of Land Use (CLU) for such student rental housing projects.
While the pre-dominant use will be student rental housing, the developers will have to provide other facilities, including common dining common room, laundry, gymnasium and indoor games room. Parks, medical room and wardens’ living quarters will also be provided.
The management will have to submit a mandatory annual report containing the list of occupants, duration of occupancy, facilities provided and rent deeds to the monitoring committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner.
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