Government approves construction of 3.61 lakh houses under PMAY-U – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The Central government on Wednesday gave approval to 708 proposals for construction of 3.61 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U)– another move with the objective of providing pucca houses to all eligible beneficiaries of Urban India by 2022 with the vision of ‘Housing for All’.

The decision was taken at the 54th Meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under PMAY-U held here. The meeting was attended by 13 states and the Union Territories (UTs). This was the first CSMC meeting during the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

These houses are proposed to be constructed across beneficiary led construction and affordable housing in partnership verticals.

With this, as on date, the total number of sanctioned houses under PMAY(U) is now 112.4 lakh and so far, 82.5 lakh have been grounded for construction of which 48.31 lakhs have been completed and delivered.

Total investment under the mission is Rs 7.35 lakh crore, which has Central assistance of Rs 1.81 lakh crore of which Rs 96,067 crore of funds have been released.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has laid renewed emphasis to accelerate housing construction and completion across the country within stipulated time under PMAY(U).

“The demand for sanction has saturated in all states and UTs. Utilisation of unused funds and ensuring completion of the projects within stipulated time is our prime focus now,” said Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (MoHUA), at the meeting.

The states and the UTs 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 and loss of lives.

Addressing the participating states and the UTs, Secretary, MoHUA, laid emphasis on six Light House Projects (LHPs), the foundation stones of which were laid by Prime Minister in January this year.

The LHPs are being constructed at Agartala, Chennai, Lucknow, Ranchi, Rajkot and Indore. “These LHPs should galvanize all concerned departments involved in construction. Use of cutting-edge technology should be replicated and scaled up,” said the Secretary.

Secretary, MoHUA, also inaugurated a newly constructed Demonstration Housing Project (DHP) in Panchkula, Haryana which will be used as a working woman hostel on rental basis.

Under Technology sub mission of PMAY-U, six DHPs have been completed so far and seven are being constructed in different parts of the country.

DHPs are model housing projects built with new or alternate technology that not only showcase field level application of the technology but also used as platform to impart on-site orientation and training to practitioners and students in the housing sector on the application and use of such technology.

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Now, apply online for affordable homes in Gurugram – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: To streamline the allotment of flats under the affordable housing scheme of Haryana and eliminate the chances of any manipulation, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has introduced a digital draw system.

Now, forms for an affordable housing scheme will have to be filled on the DTCP portal and the draw of lots will take place online as well. The beneficiaries will get confirmation through SMSes.

Till now, developers advertised about their affordable housing projects and distributed forms directly or through agents, following which the draw for allotment of flats was conducted in the presence of the senior town planner. “But the department has been receiving complaints about irregularities in allotment and unavailability of the application forms. To fix this, we have introduced an online system of filling forms and allotment,” said STP Sanjeev Mann.

The department issued a notification in this regard on April 7 and on Monday, senior DTCP officials held a virtual meeting with developers from across Haryana.

According to new norms, a developer will have to submit an online application with details of the projects and tentative date of draw. After scrutiny, the STP will provide the approval and it will go live, which will be visible to the general public. Potential buyers will have to create a login id on the website with their mobile number. All the forms filled by the individual buyers will be scrutinised by the developer.

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Haryana offers ownership rights to municipal tenants – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: Giving relief to those owning houses and shops of municipality on lease or rent for 20 years in Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday announced ownership rights for them.

For the execution of the property, a policy has been framed under which the tenant will have to pay less than the present collector rate to get the ownership right, an official statement said.

The Chief Minister said if anyone has taken shop or house on the municipal land either on rent or lease or by paying licence fee for 20 years or more then all such occupiers would be given ownership right under this policy.

The occupier should have completed 20 years as of December 31, 2020, as per the policy.

The Chief Minister also announced a rebate of 20 per cent on the current collector rate would be given to those tenants who have been residing in the house or are running a shop for 20 years.

Similarly, those who have an occupancy period of 50 years will get a rebate up to 50 per cent. Besides, if an occupier has a period of more than 50 years, then in that case he/she will be given a maximum relaxation of 50 per cent only on the present collector rate.

Khattar said the municipalities associated with the occupiers who are found eligible by the competent authority will then issue notice to the beneficiary asking them to pay the amount fixed after the rebate within 15 days.

The beneficiary will have to deposit 25 per cent of the total fixed amount to the municipality concerned within 15 days counted from issuance of the notice, while the remaining 75 per cent amount will have to be deposited within three months.

The Chief Minister said if the municipality has rented or leased any land or building to one or more occupiers, the amount will have to be paid as per the fixed floor-wise formula.

The Chief Minister said the state government has restructured and redesignated the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) as Micro Irrigation and Command Area Development Authority (MICADA) to promote micro irrigation and for effective implementation of the works pertaining to watercourses on the canals.

The main objective of the MICADA is to ensure maximum use of available water in irrigation.

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Gurugram allows RWAs to set up small Covid care centres – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: Amid spike in Covid-19 cases in Gurugram, the district administration has allowed upscale condominiums, gated housing societies and NGOs to set up small Covid care centres while using their own resources.

Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg, said in his order: “Requests have been received from gated housing societies to set up small Covid-19 care facilities run by the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), housing societies and NGOs using their own resources.”

“This will help reduce the burden on existing facilities for managing pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic and very mild cases of Covid living in that particular society, and that such an order would be extremely crucial to check the exponential increase in Covid cases,” Garg said.

However, Covid care centres is “not meant for critically ill elderly patients, children less than 10 years of age, pregnant or lactating women, and patients with co-morbidities, said the order.

The order also directed that the Covid centres follow “strict infection prevention and control practices” by keeping confirmed and suspected cases in separate partitioned areas with “no intermixing” and “separate toilets”.

The order further said that the facility will also need to be linked to the surveillance team (IDSP) and an ambulance provider, and telephone numbers of the RWAs, NGOs, doctors should be displayed prominently.

The order added that a doctor residing in the gated complex or provided by the NGO “facilitate daily medical examination” of the patients, and a caregiver also be identified to look after patients and keep records.

Both the doctor and caregiver, will undergo training organised by the Chief Medical Officer on Covid management and infection, prevention and control practices.

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