Vijayawada, June 19: While laying the foundation stone for 1,09,000 houses under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, the construction of over 20 Lakh affordable houses for urban poor in 4,720 cities and towns has been approved in Vijayawada today.
Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu while laying foundation stone said that The scale of housing activity has picked up in the three years of the Narendra Modi government.
The significance of this scale of housing activity is marked by the fact that the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime had approved the construction of only 13,82,768, houses during its 10-year rule, he said. “If something done in 10 years by others could be achieved in just under three years, I think it is good enough evidence on ground of being a government with a difference,” the Minister was quoted as saying in a statement.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Chandrababu Naidu said that the scheme is being implemented to 1,20,000 houses in 38 towns for the poor living in urban areas for which the permission has already been given.
Naidu termed the goal of ensuring housing for all by 2020 as a “challenging task” and expected the political and administrative leaderships in the states and city governments to rise to the occasion. “The central government has done all that it could do in the form of putting in place an enabling ecosystem and will fulfil its commitment of central assistance,” he said.