The Union ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs recently sanctioned the construction of nearly 2.15 lakh affordable houses for the urban poors in six states under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Urban).
The sanction of 2,15,083 more housing units increase the total number of houses that are being funded under the PMAY (U) across the country and they total to 62,53,731.
According to an official, West Bengal got 1,00,704 housing units while 50,271 houses were sanctioned for Uttar Pradesh, followed by 41,707 for Andhra Pradesh, 20,499 for Maharashtra, 1,425 for Nagaland and 477 for Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Total 334 projects with a cost of Rs 8,559 crore and central assistance of Rs 3,226 crore were approved in a meeting held under the chairmanship of HUA Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra.
The Narendra Modi-led Central Government has set a target of one crore houses to be constructed in urban areas in the country over a period of seven years from 2015 to 2022. The PMAY i.e. [Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna], is a programme launched in June 2015 with the aim to provide Housing for All by 2022.
Earlier, the Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs gave nod to construct 5,000 houses in the Bareilly by 2021. The Uttar Pradesh housing development board will be responsible to construct these dwelling units under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna, the flagship programme of Narendra Modi-led Central Government which aims to deliver Housing for All by 2022.
For the construction of these affordable homes, a total of 12.5-hectare land will be required and the Uttar Pradesh State Government has asked the district administration to look for such plot that fits into the requisition. CM Yogi Adityanath-led State Government also directed the authority to seek land which can be transferred to the board, free of cost.