In order to fast-track the work of affordable housing in Maharashtra, the State Government on Tuesday gave its approval to allot grazing land and plots for construction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) across state. These lands belong to local self-governing bodies like municipal corporations, municipal councils, and Nagar Panchayats.
Giving information on the same, an official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said, “The decision will pave the way for more availability of land for affordable housing to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for housing to all homeless by 2022. Also, Land under municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats would be provided for 30 years through rentals.”
He further said that the state government has planned housing projects in 382 cities and towns and the shortage of land is mainly felt in urban areas. However, the Cabinet, strongly underlined that the relaxed norms would be restricted to eligible individuals/families who conform to the income criteria and are homeless. The amendments will not be applicable for Mumbai.
The Maha government has set an ambitious target of constructing 12 lakh houses in rural areas and 10 lakh houses in urban Maharashtra. The government claims that till now it has completed construction of 3.5 lakh houses in the last four years, whereas six lakh houses are in various phases of construction.
CM Devendra Fadnavis has stressed the importance of affordable housing earlier too. He has always said, “Housing for all by 2022 is the commitment of the government both at the Centre and the state.”