Haryana raises carpet area to 50 sq m for EWS

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday announced increase in the area of houses constructed for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under various housing schemes from 30 square metres of carpet area to 50 square metres of covered area.

Khattar announced this while presiding over a meeting on ‘Housing-for-All’ scheme here on Thursday.

He said that a 30 square metre house is too small for a family and therefore, the houses meant for EWS category should have at least 50 square metres covered area so as to provide them a comfortable accommodation.

He also issued directions for preparation of an action plan to analyze the market rate of property and accordingly fix prices of houses constructed for people belonging to EWS, Low Income Group (LIG) and Below Poverty Line (BPL).

He said the flats of EWS and BPL Category which are lying unoccupied should be made open for sale so that the needy could purchase them, an official release quoting him.

Khattar directed that no house constructed by any government agency should be left unoccupied.

He said the state government would facilitate construction of ten lakh new houses in the state.

He directed to conduct a physical survey in the state so as to ascertain the number of families and existing houses in both urban and rural areas.

He also directed preparation of a list of those families which are either living in kutcha or dilapidated houses so that they could be brought under ‘Housing for All’ scheme and provided residential accommodations at hygienic places.

As per census 2011, there are over 47.06 lakh houses in the state. These include over 29.61 lakh in rural areas and over 17.45 crore in urban areas.

It was informed in the meeting that under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), all the 4041 statutory towns in the country with focus on 500 Class-I cities would be covered in three phases.

The Government of India has approved the coverage of nine towns of Haryana that is Faridabad, Karnal, Hisar, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Sirsa and Panipat in phase-I.

Credits ET Realty

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