New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has approved the construction of 1,68,606 houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), taking the total number of houses approved so far under the scheme to 1.1 crore.
The decision was taken at the 52nd meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs said in a statement.
“Around 14 States and Union Territories participated in this meeting,” it added.
This was the second CSMC meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ministry informed that these houses are proposed to be constructed across the verticals of Beneficiary Led Construction, Affordable Housing in partnership and In-Situ Slum Redevelopment.
At the meeting, the states also put in their proposals for revision of projects due to various issues such as of land, topographical hazards, inter-city migration, change of preferences of verticals etc.
“Construction is in various stages in more than 70 lakh houses and more than 41 lakh houses have been completed,” the statement noted.
MoHUA, Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, who presided over the meeting urged the States and UTs to strategize the expeditious implementation of PMAY(U) projects.
“The progress under the mission has been steady. We have to move towards completion of houses with all the basic physical and social infrastructure,” he added.
Mishra also said, “The States and UTs shall focus on completion and delivery of houses to beneficiaries and they should to expedite the implementation of Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) scheme.”
He further said that all the States and UTs may also learn from the six Light House Projects (LHPs) initiated in six cities , namely, Agartala (Tripura), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
Furthermore, the Ministry is also committed to provide pucca houses to all eligible beneficiaries of Urban India by 2022 when the nation will celebrate 75th Independence, the statement said.
With the vision of ‘Housing for All’, the emphasis has been to accelerate construction, completion and delivery of houses across the country within stipulated time under PMAY(U), it added.