Source: News Bharati English23 Mar 2017 10:49:33

New Delhi, March 23: Central government on Wednesday approved 1,24,521 affordable houses for the poor so that their survival become much easier. Notably, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has sanctioned 3,128 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor in Puducherry, 924 for Telangana and 2,655 for Himachal Pradesh under the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Urban).
Noting that housing mission in urban areas is gaining momentum, Minister of HUPA Venkaiah Naidu has directed the ministry officials to ensure that necessary measures were taken by the respective city and state governments for building houses for urban poor in quick time.

Puducherry has been sanctioned 3,128 houses in four towns under Beneficiary Led Construction (BLC) component of PMAY (Urban) at a total project cost of Rs.131 cr for which central assistance of Rs.47 cr has been approved. With this, a total number of houses sanctioned for Puducherry has increased to 3,848. Puducherry city has got 2,093 houses followed by Karaikal-592, Yanam-358 and Mahe-85 houses.

In Telangana, Siddipet has been sanctioned enhancement of 924 houses under BLC component at a total cost of about Rs.14 crores for which central assistance of Rs.14 cr has been approved.  With this, a total number of houses sanctioned for the State under PMAY(Urban) has gone up to 81,405.

Himachal Pradesh has been sanctioned 2,655 houses for 12 towns at a total project cost of Rs.102 cr for which central assistance of Rs.40 cr has been approved. With this, a total number of houses sanctioned for the State under PMAY(Urban) has increased to 4,569 so far. In Himachal Pradesh, Nalagarh has been sanctioned 531 houses followed by Nahan-289, Dharamshala-227, Una-217, Mandi-174, Shimla-61, Chaba-57, Bilaspur-37, Solan-27, Baddi-25, Kullu-9 and Parwana-1.

Under BLC component of PMAY (Urban), the beneficiaries are provided central assistance of Rs.1.50 lakh each for the construction of a pucca house on their own land or for improvements in existing houses. Earlier, in addition, Karnataka was sanctioned 31,424 houses, Madhya Pradesh -27,475,  Bihar-25,221, Jharkhand-20,099, Kerala-11,480 and Odisha-2,115 houses under PMAY(Urban).

 Notably, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban) was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015, with the objective of enabling all poor urban households to own a pucca house with necessary basic amenities.

Interestingly, with this approval, the total number of houses being taken up for construction for the benefit of urban poor under PMAY(Urban) has gone up to 18,85,028 with total project cost of Rs, 95,671 cr. Central assistance of Rs.27,766 cr has been approved for construction of these houses.