Gujarat builders now want to build for Muslims
Ahmedabad: Some builders and real estate developers in Gujarat, realising that Muslims of the state find it difficult to get or buy homes in housing societies or colonies, are now thinking of starting housing schemes exclusively for Muslims. One of them is Balwant Singh Padheriya, Director of B. Shahjee & Co. (P.) Ltd., who is offering plots of 200 to 400 sq. yards in the price range of Rs. 6 to 12 lakh to Muslims on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. And as an inducement for them to purchase plots in this area he is even building a mosque there. He says that since eating habits and religious rituals etc. of Hindus and Muslims are different, he wants to make this housing scheme for Muslims only. He realises that this involves some risk also but being a businessman he understands better in which sector investments can be profitable. He says that in many housing schemes, builders ignore religious minorities, particularly Muslims and hence he has decided to undo this trend and mentality. He plans to consult a religious leader to finalise plans for building a mosque at the proposed site.
Another builder, Pravin Bavadiya, president of Ahmedabad Realtors Association says that Balwant Singh’s initiative is a good move because they got a lot of enquires from Gujarati Muslims living or working in Gulf countries about housing schemes in this state but we are unable to give them options with which they would be satisfied. Yet another company in the building field, Space Age Infracon P. Ltd. is building a housing colony exclusively for Bohra Muslims in Fatehganj area of Vadodra. The Director of this company, Tahir Jhabuwala says that after building Amanatullah Residency which consists of 22 large size bungalows at a place near Vadodra in 2009, this (Fateh Ganj housing project) is his second Muslim housing project with proper surroundings and basic requirements such as places for offering namaz, community functions, religious functions and ceremonies etc.