With possibilities of Naya Raipur, the new Capital city of Chhattisgarh, being developed as one of the 100 smart cities in the country, as proposed by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, leading private builders, including DLF, Tata housing and Ambience group are making a beeline to start housing and commercial projects here.

While the final blueprint for the list of 100 smart cities is yet to be released by the union Urban Development Ministry, officials of Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) are more or less sure that this city would get this “prestigious”. What has perhaps fuelled their expectations is Modi’s tweet on the eve of Lok Sabha polls wherein he stated, “You should go see how New Raipur has been developed under the leadership of @drramansingh: Narendra Modi”.

Confirming that plans are afoot to make Naya Raipur a “unique” city, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NRDA, Rajat Kumar said several real estate developers have shown keen interest in starting projects here. He said talks were already on with Tata Housing, DLF and Ambience group for developing integrated township in Naya Raipur.

Kumar said the authority proposes to float tenders in the coming 3-4 months and during this period proposals would also be discussed with some international real estate developers. He said the basic concept for developing Naya Raipur would be to have integrated townships, which are self-sufficient in every term – housing, schooling, health care and shopping – for the residents.

He said the Chhattisgarh housing board (CHB) has already constructed over 5000 houses and about 20% to 30% of them are already occupied. He said Naya Raiour is not only attracting investments of residents of Chhattisgarh but also from the neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. Kumar said some private builders, including Amrapali Group from NOIDA and Raipur based GT homes and Avinash Group, have already purchased around 65 acres of land for developing residential projects in Naya Raipur. “Nearly 3000-4000 homes will come up in next one and a half year as construction has already been started”, he said.

Managing director, Avinash Group, Anand Singhania, said they are investing over Rs 200 crore on a 700 unit residential complex, spread over 18 acres. He claimed that NRI from the state are showing keen interest in their project and they have already booked about 20% dwellings. He said he is also investing Rs 35 crore in commercial project in Naya Raipur.

Gurjeet Singh Rajpal, director GT Homes, said his company too is investing nearly Rs 200-220 crore in residential complex in Naya Raipur. They propose to construct 316 high quality apartments in 10 multi storeyed towers.