Govt approves construction of over 2.28 lakh affordable houses in five states

Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry on Wednesday approved construction of 2,28,204 houses for the urban poor in five states for which the Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 3,231 crore.

The inter-ministerial Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) chaired by HUPA Secretary Nandita Chatterjee approved the housing projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan after detailed presentations by the respective states.

Of the houses approved, 2,17,748 were for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) and Beneficiary led Construction components of the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (PMAY). The rest are for Low Income Groups, according to a statement by the HUPA ministry.

Under these two components, central assistance of Rs 1.50 lakh per each house will be provided.

Andhra Pradesh has been sanctioned 1,93,147 houses in 37 cities followed by Gujarat with 15,580 houses in 4 cities, Telangana – 10,290 in 10 cities, Rajasthan – 6,255 in 10 cities, and Tamil Nadu – 2,932 houses in 5 cities.

Following the past experience of implementation of housing projects, this time around the Ministry has ensured availability of land for all the proposed projects with respective state governments providing land as their share of Affordable Housing in Partnership.

Under PMAY, two crore houses for urban poor are to be built by the year 2022 under which the Centre will provide assistance in the range of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.33 lakh depending upon the model followed.

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