Af­ford­able Houses

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Min­istry of Hous­ing & Ur­ban Af­fairs has ap­proved the con­struc­tion of 2,67,546 more af­ford­able houses for the ben­e­fit of ur­ban poor un­der Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana (Ur­ban). The ap­proval was given in the 36thmeet­ing of the Cen­tral Sanc­tion­ing and Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee in its meet­ing held here to­day. Mad­hya Pradesh has been sanc­tioned 59,421 houses while the sanc­tion for Gu­jaratis 55,296 af­ford­able houses. The num­ber of houses sanc­tioned for Ma­ha­rash­tra is 52,935, Ut­tar Pradesh 36,370 houses, West Ben­gal 26,604 houses and Bi­har 15,924 houses. Ap­provals given for Ra­jasthan stands at 8,600 houses while Ch­hat­tis­garh has been sanc­tioned 7,961 houses. Pun­jab has been sanc­tioned 2,442 houses while the sanc­tion for Ut­tarak­hand is 1,993 houses. With the above pro­posed houses, cu­mu­la­tive houses un­der PMAY(U) af­ter sub­sum­ing projects of RAY scheme the to­tal num­ber of houses be­ing funded un­der PMAY(Ur­ban) would be 53,74,306 houses.

51 lakh houses ap­proved un­der Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana (Ur­ban) in 3 years of its im­ple­men­ta­tion

This is in ref­er­ence to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in a Delhi based English daily news­pa­per on 8th July 2018 cit­ing some in­com­plete fig­ures for the Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana - Ur­ban. The cor­rect fig­ures are stated as be­lowUn­der PMAY (U) so far more than 51 Lakhs dwelling units have been sanc­tioned against the val­i­dated de­mand of 1 crore in last 3 years of im­ple­men­ta­tion. This is a huge jump in com­par­i­son to erst­while hous­ing scheme wherein only 12.4 Lakh houses were ap­proved in around 9 years of its im­ple­men­ta­tion. Out of over 51 lakh sanc­tioned houses, over 28 lakhs have al­ready been grounded and are in var­i­ous stages of con­struc­tion. Fur­ther over 8 lakh houses have al­ready been com­pleted and nearly 8 lakh houses have been oc­cu­pied by the ben­fi­cia­ries. The news­pa­per ar­ti­cle gives an im­pres­sion that the pro­posed Global Hous­ing con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy chal­lenge is be­ing un­der­taken to ex­pe­dite fill­ing up the hous­ing con­struc­tion gap. This is not cor­rect. The fact is that the Global Hous­ing con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy chal­lenge has been pro­posed to use the op­por­tu­nity of large scale con­struc­tion un­der PMAY-U to at­tract the best avail­able global con­struc­tion tech­nolo­gies which could en­sure de­liv­ery of houses at a min­i­mum cost, in min­i­mum time while en­sur­ing max­i­mum num­ber of houses in a given area. This will help in tech­nol­ogy trans­fer to our coun­try so that ul­ti­mately these glob­ally best avail­able con­struc­tion tech­nolo­gies and de­signs get adopted in the coun­try ben­e­fit­ing the con­struc­tion in­dus­try at large. The Global Hous­ing Con­struc­tion Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge (GHTC-I ) may help us adopt those tech­nolo­gies to suit our lo­cal con­di­tions and re­quire­ments. It is win-win sit­u­a­tion for all stake­hold­ers which would help in fast tran­si­tion of new global con­struc­tion tech­nolo­gies in In­dia giv­ing a fil­lip to build­ing af­ford­able

Naren­dra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia

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