Government lays renewed thrust on Housing For All programme

Government lays renewed thrust on Housing For All programme

National Urban Rental Housing Policy to be announced soon.
 
The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to undertake fresh demand survey for affordable housing in a bid to achieve the ambitious target of ‘Housing for All’ by 2022.  15 smaller states and union territories have been identified to achieve the target by 2019, while the remaining larger states would meet the target by 2022.
 
Addressing a national Video-Link Press Conference, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu said the government has so far approved construction of 17.73 lakh affordable houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) in 2,008 cities and towns with an investment of Rs 96,266 crores. Mr. Naidu said “ensuring housing for all in urban areas is a challenge and states should cooperate with the Centre in this connection.”
 
The Minister asserted that an enabling eco-system has been created to promote affordable housing through various initiatives like granting infrastructure statues for the segment, extending concessions like exemption of profits from affordable housing projects from Income Tax etc.
 
Mr. Naidu expressed satisfaction over the progress of the ‘Housing For All’ programme and said within 22 months of the launch of the PMAY, over 97,000 houses have been constructed for the urban poor. Tamil Nadu (2.27 lakh units) leads the table in the affordable houses approved for construction, closely followed by Madhya Pradesh (2.09 lakh units) and Andhra Pradesh (1.95 lakh unit).  Gujarat has clocked significant progress in houses completed with 28,070 units have been built. Karnataka is the distant second with 14,328 completed units.
 
In Maharashtra a total 1.26 lakh affordable houses will be built entailing an investment of Rs 13,458 crores. Central Assistance will be to the tune of Rs 1,915 crores. Approximately 40,000 houses have been taken up for construction and 6,963 units completed.
 
The Minister said that to promote private investment in affordable housing on a large scale, his Ministry is considering extending central assistance to of Rs.1.50 lakh per each eligible beneficiary belonging to Economically Weaker Sections under projects taken up even on private lands.
 
Mr. Naidu said that a National Urban Rental Housing Policy would be announced shortly to meet the needs of migrant workers, students, single working women etc. This policy outlines measures to be taken to encourage investments in Social Rental Housing with government support and Market Driven Rental Housing without government support. The Minister said rental housing would be an effective complement to the Housing for All mission.
 
Mr Naidu has urged all the States and UTs to set up Real Estate Regulator saying the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act 2016 would make everyone answerable to the regulator. He said RERA is a pro-consumer and pro-industry initiative, which has the potential to revive the real estate sector, reeling under slow down for some time.
 
Table 1. :  Housing For All Progress Report : April 2017.
 
State
Affordable houses
Approved for construction
Houses grounded for
construction
Houses completed
Tamil Nadu
2,27,956
86,132
  8,382
Madhya Pradesh
2,09,711
58,938
  3,331
Andhra Pradesh
1,95,047
54,082
  2,892
Karnataka
1,46,548
79,317
14,328 
Gujarat
1,44,687
92,367
28,070
West Bengal
1,44,369
45,269
  5,665
Maharashtra
1,26,081
39,957
  6,963
Bihar
   88,293
35,752
  2,460
Telangana
   82,985
20,640
     776
Jharkhand
   64,567
42,654
  2,672
Odisha
   48,855
17,389
  1,472
Source : Ministry of Urban Development.
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