Housing ministry approves construction of 56,368 houses under PMAY-Urban – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) approved construction of 56,368 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) at 53rd Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee meeting held here on Monday evening.

According to the housing ministry, these houses are proposed to be constructed under various verticals of the PMAY-U Mission.

“Let’s get into the mode of implementation and execution,” said Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

He urged the states and UTs to ensure 100 per cent completion and delivery of PMAY-U houses to all its eligible beneficiaries within the mission period.

A total of 11 states and UTs attended the Monitoring Committee meeting and they were directed to use the online mechanism (MIS) for proper implementation and monitoring of the mission.

The progress of Light House Projects (LHPs) and Demonstration Housing Projects (DHPs) were also reviewed by Secretary, MoHUA.

The foundation stones of the LHPs were laid by Prime Minister on January 1, 2021. The houses under LHPs are being constructed at Lucknow, Ranchi, Rajkot, Agartala, Chennai and Indore.

To promote these LHP sites as live laboratories for the transfer of technology to the field, the Ministry has initiated an Online Enrolment Drive for Technograhis to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create technical awareness, on-site learning, find ideas for solutions, experimentation and encouraging innovation.

He said the Mission is promoting women empowerment by allotting houses in the name of women beneficiaries or joint ownership.

Mishra further said the MoHUA is committed to provide pucca houses to all eligible beneficiaries of urban India by 2022 when the nation celebrates 75 years of Independence.

The construction of PMAY-U houses are in various stages. As of now, more than 73 lakh houses have been grounded and nearly 43 Lakh have been completed, the ministry added.



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Finance Commission recommends Rs 1.56 lakh crore grant to urban local bodies – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The 15th Finance Commission has recommended a grant of around Rs 1.56 lakh crore to urban local bodies, a 78 per cent increase, an official said on Tuesday.

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said Rs 12,139 crore has been set aside to improve ambient air quality, and Rs 26,057 crore for drinking water, sanitation and solid waste management.

He said urban local bodies will have to notify property tax in line with the state GDP to avail the grant recommended by the 15th Finance Commission.

These bodies will also have to make public their audited and unaudited annual accounts, the official said.

Talking about Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech, Mishra said ‘Pey Jal Survekshan’ will be conducted in cities to ascertain equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater and mapping of water bodies with respect to quantity and quality of water through a challenge process.

In a statement, the ministry said the Mission has a reform agenda with focus on strengthening of urban local bodies and water security of cities.



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Construction of 1.68 lakh new houses approved under PMAY-Urban – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Construction of 1,68,606 new houses have been approved under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) taking the total to 1.1 crore so far.

The decision was taken in the 52nd Meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) 14 States/UTs participated in this meeting.

These houses are proposed to be constructed across the verticals of beneficiary-led construction, affordable housing in partnership and in-situ slum redevelopment.

Construction is in various stages in more than 70 lakh houses and more than 41 lakh houses have been completed.

The states also put in their proposals for revision of projects due to various issues such as, of land, topographical hazards, inter-city migration, change of preferences of verticals etc.

Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary, MoHUA urged the states/UTs to strategize the expeditious implementation of PMAY-Urban projects.

“The states/UTs shall focus on completion and delivery of houses to beneficiaries. He further urged the States/UTs to expedite the implementation of Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) scheme,” said Mishra.

This was the second CSMC meeting during the covid-19 pandemic. Housing ministry said that they are committed to provide pucca houses to all eligible beneficiaries of Urban India by 2022.



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Centre approves construction of 10.28 lakh houses under PMAY-Urban – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry on Friday approved the construction of around 10.28 lakh houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), taking the total number of houses sanctioned so far under the scheme to 1.06 crore.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under PMAY (Urban). The meeting was attended by 19 states and Union Territories.

This was the first CSMC meeting held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HUA Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra told states that by the end of this year, they should work towards achieving the target of constructing 60 lakh houses while 80 lakh houses should be grounded for construction, a statement by the ministry said.

It stated that about 67 lakh houses are currently grounded for construction and more than 35 lakh have so far been completed and occupied,

The ministry said the total number of sanctioned houses under PMAY(U) is now 1.06 crore as against the validated demand of 1.12 crore.

“In the meeting, 1,589 proposals from participating states were approved for the construction of nearly 10.28 lakh houses,” the statement said.

These houses are proposed to be constructed across beneficiary-led construction and affordable housing in partnership verticals under PMAY(U).

In the meeting, states also put in their proposals for revision of projects due to various issues such as land, topographical hazards, inter-city migration, change of preferences of verticals and loss of lives, among others.

The ministry said the total investment under the PMAY (U) is Rs 6.31 lakh crore which has central assistance of Rs 1.67 lakh crore of which Rs 72,646 crore has been released.



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