‘Flat’ lure for Parsi youths to marry

Now, this is one reality bait that realty-savvy Parsis will not be able to ignore! Surat Parsi Panchayat has neatly packaged its ulterior designs of encouraging young Parsis to get hitched in a ‘get married and step into your own home’ realty deal. It is allotting flats to newlyweds and that too seven days before their marriage. That’s not it. If need be, they will also be given other benefits.

“This step has been taken so that new couples get assurance of a home before marriage. It has happened in the past that marriages have got postponed due to delay in flat allotment. They can enjoy their honeymoon in their own house with all privacy needed,” says Darayas Master, president, Surat Parsi Panchayat.

Surat Parsi Panchayat was the first to initiate a scheme of giving flats to newlywed couples. Due to this effort, Parsi population in the city grew by 6%. Panchayat plans to continue with this scheme so that their community grows in size. Till now, 40 couples have been allotted flats by the panchayat.

According to Master, at least seven couples are in queue for getting flats and there are many more who are planning to get married in next 2-3 years. To meet the demand, the panchayat is constructing 20 flats near Parsi General Hospital in Shahpore.

The initiative of Surat Parsi Panchayat has changed lives of many young Parsis in Surat. “Working as a sales executive, you can’t afford to rent a house in a city like Surat. After marriage one has to bear numerous expenses. When my parents learnt about the scheme, they immediately approached the panchayat and arranged a flat for me. Now I am enjoying married life,” says Cyrus Sethana, a newlywed Parsi.

  • RATHESTAR

    Just a thought. What if the marriage ends in a breakdown. Will SPP ask for flat back?

  • RATHESTAR

    Just a thought. What if the marriage ends in a breakdown. Will SPP ask for flat back?

  • Burjor Bharucha.

    If Surat can do so why cannot the BPP, which is in a much stronger and better position, implement the scheme. This is one step which would positively lead to increase in our population.

  • Burjor Bharucha.

    If Surat can do so why cannot the BPP, which is in a much stronger and better position, implement the scheme. This is one step which would positively lead to increase in our population.

  • http://www.facebook.com/siloo.kapadia Siloo Kapadia

    How scrumptious! But do you really think that bribing our Parsi youth is going to do the trick? If someone does not want to marry, they do not want to marry. And if they do want to marry, if they marry a non-Parsi does the offer still hold? I doubt it.

    Just more rubbish from the BPP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/siloo.kapadia Siloo Kapadia

    How scrumptious! But do you really think that bribing our Parsi youth is going to do the trick? If someone does not want to marry, they do not want to marry. And if they do want to marry, if they marry a non-Parsi does the offer still hold? I doubt it.

    Just more rubbish from the BPP.

  • Nev

    Atleast it will cover up for one of the demands made by brides and their families… ;)

  • Nev

    Atleast it will cover up for one of the demands made by brides and their families… ;)

  • gb

    There are hardly any parsi marriages taking place in mumbai. How Bpp expects to increase the community when all they care for is vulture project. This is pure election gimmick.

  • gb

    There are hardly any parsi marriages taking place in mumbai. How Bpp expects to increase the community when all they care for is vulture project. This is pure election gimmick.

  • Phiroze

    @ gb, What has BPP got to do with SPP???

  • Phiroze

    @ gb, What has BPP got to do with SPP???

  • RATHESTAR.

    Good one gb. Keep it up.

  • RATHESTAR.

    Good one gb. Keep it up.

  • gb

    bpp can learn something from spp and encourage increasing parsi community in mumbai. if bpp gives flats lot of couples will marry in the community and definetely parsi population can increase.

  • gb

    bpp can learn something from spp and encourage increasing parsi community in mumbai. if bpp gives flats lot of couples will marry in the community and definetely parsi population can increase.

  • Phiroze

    Just a thought. If the marriage ends in a divorce will the flat be surendered to the BPP? Or will one of them ask for another flat from the BPP? LOL

  • Phiroze

    Just a thought. If the marriage ends in a divorce will the flat be surendered to the BPP? Or will one of them ask for another flat from the BPP? LOL