PANAJI: To avoid various malpractices at open auctions, Goa Housing Board (GHB) for the first time will e-auction over 300 plots, 100 flats and 30 shops at various locations across the State.
Speaking to GT, GHB chairman and MLA Subhash Shirodkar said, “This is for the first time GHB will have e-auction of its plots, flats and also shops. When an open auction was held some time ago, it was observed that there was lot of competition among the bidders wherein they quoted but were unable to make the payments. Secondly, it was also observed that when there is open auction some people get together and form a cartel. To avoid all these malpractices, we have decided to go for e-auctioning.”
By April this year, GHB plans to e-auction 330 plots (area between 200-300 square metres), 100 flats (1BHK and 2BHK) and 30 shops. Additionally, 15 per cent reservation shall be provided for people from the panchayat area and another 15 per cent for the people from the respective talukas where the plots and flats are being developed, once the government grants its approval.
“We have also modified some rules and sent them to the State government for approval. Once they are approved, they will be notified and e-auction will be held,” said Shirodkar.
Shirodkar also informed about GHB’s plans to develop four of its properties as joint venture projects involving private developers.
“These will be developed at Curca, Colvale, Ambaji and Sheldem. Through the joint venture, we will be in a position to develop nearly 400-500 flats. The Sheldem property will be developed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Nearly 70 persons have been identified in this area who are eligible under the scheme,” he informed.
Shirodkar also informed that GHB has spent nearly Rs 27 crore on the new market complex which is coming up at Porvorim.
“The complex is in the final stages of completion. By March 30, we will be in a position to e-auction. There are some vendors in the old market who will be accommodated in the new complex and the remaining shops will be e-auctioned,” informed Shirodkar.
No of plots to be auctioned