7.2 mil­lion houses sanc­tioned un­der PMAY, says Puri

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Union Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs Hardeep Singh Puri, claimed his min­istry has sanc­tioned around 7.2 mil­lion houses so far. This num­ber is go­ing to shot up even fur­ther be­fore the elec­tion sea­son kicks off, he said.

De­liv­er­ing his speech at the ninth an­niver­sary of Moneylife Foun­da­tion’ func­tion which was held in BSE, Mum­bai, he said the cen­tral mon­i­tor­ing and sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee clears around 3,00,0005,00,000 units ev­ery month. “In the month of Septem­ber, they sanc­tion 6,28,000 houses in one month.”

Un­der the ‘Hous­ing For All’ scheme (also called Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana), the govern­ment had promised to sanc­tion 10 mil­lion houses by 2022. Talk­ing about this tar­get, Puri said,“We have sanc­tioned around 7.2 mil­lion houses and be­fore the code of con­duct kicks in we would have taken the fig­ure up to or more than 7.5 mil­lion.”

Break­ing this num­ber down fur­ther, Puri high­lighted that out of the sanc­tioned houses, around 3.8-4 mil­lion have been grounded and around 1.4 mil­lion houses have been handed over to ben­e­fi­cia­ries un­der this scheme. He added that for such schemes to be­come a suc­cess­ful, the state gov­ern­ments should also sup­port the cause as these projects are de­pended mainly on land and land is a state sub­ject.

Apart from hous­ing for all, he spoke about the draft that is be­ing de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for the liv­ing space of re­tired people. “That process that started sev­eral months ago, is near­ing com­ple­tion.” He claimed that the draft was pre­pared in con­sul­ta­tion with all stake­hold­ers. “I will be in the po­si­tion to write to chief min­is­ters and send this draft across to them soon,” Puri stated.

The min­is­ter also stressed on var­i­ous flag­ship schemes un­der the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment such as Swac­cha Bharat, Atal Mis­sion for Re­ju­ve­na­tion and Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion (AMRUT), Her­itage City De­vel­op­ment and Aug­men­ta­tion Yo­jana (HRIDAY) etc.

Talk­ing about Swac­cha Bharat in ur­ban con­text, he said that if we can­not main­tain clean­li­ness, the ur­ban schemes and talk of her­itage is un­der­mined and even nul­li­fied. He added mak­ing In­dia open defe­ca­tion free is im­por­tant and this is not just about build­ing toi­lets but also re­pro­gram­ming In­dian minds to adopt cleaner liv­ing habits.

Com­ment­ing on Real Es­tate (Reg­u­la­tion and De­vel­op­ment) Act (RERA), the min­is­ter said, “It has been 70 years since In­de­pen­dence and we did not have an in­de­pen­dent reg­u­la­tor be­fore (RERA). Nowhere in the world have I come across a sit­u­a­tion where a sec­tor as big as the real es­tate does not have a reg­u­la­tor. For eight years this leg­is­la­tion was ly­ing around.”

Hardeep Puri re­leased a study re­port on ‘Re­verse Mort­gage in In­dia’ at the func­tion.

MoS Hardeep Singh Puri

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