The human need for housing is one of the prime requirements of societies. Around this world this demand call is fulfilled by concerned authorities. In the region of Asansol and Durgapur ADDA has taken the initiative and has been doing the job with total success and authority wit many years. Global urbanization and industrialization has increased the demand of housing sector exponentially. This if not been handled properly causes disbalance in the very core of the society. Being the flag of development ADDA has arrived in the scene and has been doing the needful for many years now.

ADDA has planned to address the crisis with a rational approach keeping in view the different types of demand of entire cross section of the society. For making that happen in the most practical way, following steps were taken:
1. Comprehensive housing schemes for all Slum Dwellers under BSUP.
2. Development of LIG, MIG and HIG zone with reservation of 10% EWS.

ADDA has established two major residential townships at City Centre and Bidhannagar to accommodate the demand for residential houses in the area of Durgapur. Through a joint venture project with Bengal Ambuja, it has already established one township “URBASI”. The extension of Urbashi area is presently being developed by ADDA. ADDA has also come up with Joint Venture Residential cum Commercial Project with Bengal Shristi Infrastructure Development Ltd. at City Centre Durgapur and Kalyanpur, Asansol an exclusive residential project with Bengal Greenfilds at City Centre. Along with all these DDA has taken up plotted development in Asansol in Kanyapur Satellite Township. The Housing projects with Bengal Shristi (JV) and Sugam Park (PPP) are also currently under implementation. Project ‘AQUAPOLIS’ at City Centre and Project ‘Salarpuria Gardenia’ developing through PPP mode would be two of the most significant housing initiatve together with Housing development of 49.5 acres land at Sorepur, (IQ City).

Housing for the urban poor has been done under Jnnurm and VAMBAY.

The aims and prime motive of this whole thing has always being supporting the main cause of the natives living in this region. Aims and Objectives

The Urban Local Bodies shall strive to provide appropriate housing to all its citizens. In particular, it shall continuously carry out the following actions:
• Identify adequate sites to facilitate and encourage housing for households of all economic levels, including persons with disabilities;
• Remove, as legally feasible and appropriate, governmental constraints to housing production, maintenance, and improvement;
• Assist in the development of adequate housing for low and moderate- income households;
• Conserve and improve the condition of housing, including existing affordable housing; and
• Promote housing opportunities for all persons.

Provision of Housing to its Citizen is one of the most vital task for any Urban Body. Housing also comprises one of the key elements of the civic plan. One of the key elements of a housing plan is provision of housing for the poor. In any urban center with growing demand and consequent spiraling prices, the urban poor are deprived of adequate housing. It is thus left to the State to provide housing to Low Income Group. Slums Improvement needs to be given its due importance through a programme of Slum Eradication, Slum Clearance and Rehabilitation. It is acknowledged that Good housing is intrinsically linked to good health and nutrition, better employment opportunity, better living and, consequently, better quality of life.

Situation Appraisal
ADDA has been aggressively initiating Housing projects in the area through Private Sector Participation. Urvashi, a project spread over 94 acres in Durgapur, was carried out in association with the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority. The company has now joined hands with Bardhaman Zilla Parishad to create a mini township called Ulhas. Another township being impelemented by Bengal Shristi Infrastructure Development Ltd. The company has mandated SembCorp Infrastructure, one of the leading architects and structural consultants of Singapore, for its mega integrated township project spread over 100 acres at Asansol, West Bengal.

The township project, estimated to cost around Rs 350 crore, will be the maiden venture of SembCorp, Singapore, in West Bengal in collaboration with BSID. Several other private sector companies have expressed their interests in participating in the sector. However, all these projects are primarily catering to the Low and Medium Income Group of people. The number of households living in slums is still very high &needs to be addressed