Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Good Policy : Devil is in Details !



Hindustan Times ( 07 Dec 2016 ) carries following news reports :

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Developers will get to run townships for 10 years "

[  Developers building PRIVATE TOWNSHIPS on 100 acres of land or more in state will be allowed to build and look after infrastructure — internal roads, water supply, electricity distribution and local transport — for the first 10 years, after which its governance will be handed over to a civic body.

Under its Special Township Policy for Integrated Development, the state has decided to grant permission to build private townships on at least 100 acres of land. The developers, however, will have to build the townships following norms of the Centre’s smart cities project.

The government has also made it mandatory for the developers to provide 20% of the built-up area for affordable housing, including 5% for rental housing. ]
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" A Year on, Maha State govt's towering ' housing for all ' claims fall flat "

[  Not even a single tenement is ready or even close to completion , against an ambitious deadline to create 19 lakh affordable houses by 2022

Even the number of houses sanctioned on paper is a far cry from the 2.71 lakh houses the government needs to approve and build under the scheme EVERY YEAR , to meet its stated aim of 19 lakh units in 7 years ]

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Congratulations , Shri Ravindra Waikar-ji , on this pioneering initiative which, finally holds out hope for a " roof over the heads " , for millions of middle class citizens

But , in the past , many good-intentioned policies have floundered during implementation for want of clearly spelt-out DETAILS

In this regard , I request you to consider incorporating in the policy , my following suggestions , sent to you last year ( 01 Sept 2015 ) :

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DREAM HOUSE BY 2020 ?


Shri Ravindra Waikar , Minister for Housing , Maharashtra Government , says ( DNA / 16 Aug 2015 ) :

"  We want to provide a dream house to everyone by 2020 . We won't compromise on the quality of construction . It will be at par with that of private builders . We are working on a mission mode "

He is referring to planned construction of  5 lakh " affordable " houses ( flats ? ) , by 2020

No doubt , this is a very daunting task but it is possible if there is " Political Will " - which is evident from above statement of Shri Waikar

Here are my few suggestions that Shri Waikar may want to consider :

#   SPECIFICATIONS

     *  Carpet Area = 400 sq ft

     *  Selling Price = Rs 10 lakhs ( Rs 2,500 / sq ft )

#   LOCATIONS

     *  Building Clusters to be located on the outskirts of cities ( important )

     *  100 Clusters of 50 buildings ( each with 10 floors*10 flats/floor )

#   LEGAL FRAME-WORK

     *  A Special Purpose Vehicle ( SPV ) , named,

        Dream House Private Limited ( DHPL )

#   INDUSTRY STATUS

     *  Infrastructure Industry with 100 % FDI thru automatic route

#   SPV OWNERSHIP

      *   10 % equity by Maha Govt ( in lieu of land )

           Maha Govt to pass on this equity to land-owners

      *   90 % equity by WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co ( China )

#   SHARE  CAPITAL

      *   Rs 10,000 Crores

#    ROLE OF MAHARASHTRA GOVERNMENT

      *  Acquire land ( under modified Land Acquisition Act ) / hand over to SPV

      *  Comprehensive Town Planning of each Cluster like a Smart City

      *  Building Design / Drawings / Material Specs

      *  Quality Control / Material Testing Lab at each site

      *  A Project Monitoring Team at each site / Use of PERT

      *  Site surveillance using CCTV cameras

      *  Make available land for setting up 3D House Printing factories

      *  Interconnection of site offices with HQ , thru VPN

      *  Blanket permissions ( IOD / NOC etc ) issued in advance

      *  OC based on certification from Site Project Manager

      *  Maintenance of flats thru Coop Societies of each cluster


#   COMMERCIALS

     *   Neither SPV , nor Maha Govt to pay any royalty to WinSun for 
          transfer of technology

     *   Maha Govt to act as the agency for allotment of flats to eligible public 
          in Maharashtra thru a " Lottery System "

     *   Selling Price of flats will be fixed by the Maharashtra Government 
         once a year , based on a pre-agreed cost - escalation formula, which
         will be explained in detail on SPV web site

         Calculation of each upward revision shall be made public

   *   SPV to hand over possession of flat to the allotee upon receipt of 
        full payment

   *   SPV shall not be permitted direct selling of any flat in Maharashtra

   *   SPV would be free to set up factories in other States and be free to
        sell flats built there, thru Open Market Sale


#   ROLE  OF  WinSun

     *  Setting up of 20 factories for 3D Printing of flats

     *  Assembling of 3D printed flats at sites

     *  Transfer of 3D house printing technology to Indian project managers / 
         site engineers / construction workers


#   TECHNOLOGY

     *  3D ( house ) Printing Technology developed / patented by WinSun

*    WHY  WinSun  ?

 #   On 29 March 2014 , WinSun constructed TEN , 3D printed houses ( 200 sq meter each ) in Shanghai, each
      costing $ 4,800 ( approx Rs 3 lakh ! )

#    On 17 July 2015 , using its 3D printing technology , WinSun built a 2 storey villa , in just 3 HOURS  !

#    WinSun holds 98 patents for construction materials

#    For 3D printing of houses , WinSun , mostly uses recycled construction materials

#    3D house-printing technology saves,

      *  30% -60 % of building materials

      *  70 % of production time

      *  80 %  of construction cost


#   Egypt Government has placed on WinSun , an order for supplying 20,000 pre-fabricated , 3D printed houses

#   In Egypt , WinSun will establish 12 Dream Factories ( to build pre-fabricated houses ) , within 2 years

     These factories will mostly use desert sand as its main construction material , which was found ideal for 3D
    printing of houses !


#   In next 3 years , WinSun will set up ( in JV with local parties ) , similar factories in 20 countries , including
    Saudi Arabia , UAE , Qatar , Mexico , S. Korea , Russia , Morocco , Tunisia , and USA
       
As someone has said :

" It is OK to build castles in the air , as long as you know how to put foundation underneath , later on "

Even if you are dreaming of building 5 lakh castles !

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11  Dec  2016

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