A community of around 2 lac makes sincere efforts in providing affordable and cheap houses to its fellow members. And here we have a dawoodi bohra community of more then a million which is milked dry by its leader and inspite of having trillions of rupee stashed in their various local and foreign banks, it does too little for its followers.Mumbai Mirror dtd 5.10.2009.
For nearly a decade, shop attendant Vasant Savla moved from one rented house to another, hoping that even with his meagre salary, one day he’d be able to live under a roof he could call his own. However, two years ago, his family was able to buy a one-room flat at Nalla Sopara, thanks to a community trust that offered him the flat at a highly subsidised rate.
Now, the same trust has plans to construct a much larger scheme at Dombivli for other members of the Kutchi Visa Oswal community.
“Living in a rented house meant that we had to shift from one house to another. We lived in houses that did not have reliable water supply and were located near large drains,” said Savla, who earned Rs 6,000 a month, but was able to buy the Nalla Sopara home for Rs 2.25 lakh.
“There are thousands of families living in rented homes or in unsanitary slums. These families have monthly incomes ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 and are not in a position to buy homes of their own. We want to provide decent accommodation to them,” said Vasant Galia, chairperson of the Kutchi Jain Foundation (KJF).
KJF has built over 300 subsidised houses in several colonies at Nalla Sopara, which home seekers like Savla were able to buy at only a third of the flat’s value
With its Dombivli project – its biggest housing scheme yet – the foundation will put 1,008 subsidised homes on offer. The trust has already bought 11 acres of land in Dombivli (E) for the project, which will be inaugurated after Diwali and is expected to cost around Rs 80 crore
But the foundation does not fund its projects alone – it receives help from many affluent members of the community. The Kutchi Visa Oswals – who number around two lakh in and around Mumbai – include prominent businessmen such as owners of Navneet Publications and Amarsons department store.
At Nalla Sopara, one of the many subsidised housing colonies has been named Amarsons Nagar after the business family that subsidised its construction cost.
The Dombivli community will be named Navneet Nagar, as it will be partially financed by the owners of Navneet Publications. The flats – which will range in area between 350 and 500 square feet – will cost just half of the current market price of Rs 2,200 per square foot
. The complex will include Derasars or Jain temples, Upashrays or monasteries and homes for senior citizenshttp://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/2/2 ... -that.html