Over 1,900 new pukka houses under construction in Jammu &Kashmir’s Rajouri – ET RealEstate

RAJOURI: The construction of over 1,900 new pukka houses is underway for families below the poverty line in the far-flung hilly areas of Dharsakri village in Jammu and Kashmir‘s Rajouri district. The houses are built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

Nearly all the people of the village live in kaccha houses and face problems during monsoon and winter months due to snowfall and heavy rain in the region.

“People in this village are very poor. They live in terrible conditions and dread the rainy and winter season as their houses often get wrecked in harsh weather. Small villages are often neglected by authorities so we are very grateful for this initiative. People are glad that they will now have steady roofs over their heads,” Aijaz Ahmed, Sarpanch of Dharsakri told ANI.

“From 2019 till now, we have given pension to so many people and government schemes have also been implemented well, especially for new mothers and the elderly,” Ahmed added.

Muhammad Hussain, a new PMAY householder said that their kaccha houses would often fall over due to thunderstorms.

“We get a lot of rain and snow in our village. In harsh weather, our houses used to fall down and we used to dread strong winds. The living conditions were very difficult. These pukka houses are going to change our lives,” Hussain said.

An additional inevitable upside to the ongoing project is the generation of employment.

According to Salam Din, Block Development Officer (BDO) of the Kotranka Budhal block, several people have been employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment (MGNREGA).

“Several construction workers have been employed under MGNREGA for the construction of these pukka houses. Other projects like ponds, harvesting, and plantations will also be started soon for land development,” Din said.

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Over 12,000 get Rs 50,000 for PMAY construction in Jammu & Kashmir’s Rajouri – ET RealEstate

RAJOURI: Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme, as many as 12,000 people have received the first installment of Rs 50,000 each in Rajouri district for the construction of their houses.

“We have set a target of 100 per cent coverage. To begin with, the first installment has been given to 12,000 people of the district,” said Sushil Kumar Khajuria, Assistant Commissioner Development of Rural Development department, Rajouri.

“The PMAY initiative is supporting people here to build their own houses with the help of Jammu and Kashmir administration. It is a big relief for poor as they can live safely in Pukka houses,” Khajuria said.

Earlier, there were some people in the district who could not build the pucca house of their own, Panchayat officer Abdul Khabbir said adding, “The orders issued by the Centre has given a push to the development here.”

“Currently, the construction of 15 houses is underway. We are hoping to convert all the Kaccha houses into the Pucca ones in the next two years,” Khabbir said.

Khabbir further informed that the administration has also decided to built bathrooms with the construction of every new house under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).

People have received an amount of Rs 50,000 as the first installment under the PMAY scheme and will be receiving an additional amount of Rs 12,000 under SBM, Khabbir added.

Mohammad Razak, one of the beneficiaries in the Rajouri district had a complaint of living under thatched roofs, especially during rains.

After receiving the first installment, Razak said, “The Jammu and Kashmir administration has supported us by giving money to construct concrete houses.”

Sarpanch for Dhangri Panchayat Dheeraj Sharma informed that the Jammu district has the maximum target to build the houses.

Elaborating on the PMAY scheme, Sharma said, “The scheme works at various levels for the beneficiaries. They receive their first installment which (financially) helps them to begin the construction work of their house. And with time, they get the remaining installments.”

After this, a Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS) visits and reviews the site of construction, Sharma said adding, “It not only helps us to keep an eye on the development and usage of given money but also ensures that the beneficiary is receiving the installment amount on time.”

During COVID-19, the construction work was halted. Now, the construction work has resumed after the lockdown guidelines were eased, Sharma added.

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About 1,700 homes completed under PMAY-G in Udhampur – ET RealEstate

UDHAMPUR: The construction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana is underway in the Ghordi village of the Udhampur district.

“We were given a target of 6,949 beneficiaries in the initial phase and close to 1,700 homes have been completed. Our target group for this scheme were those who could not afford a house at all such as labourers, farmers,” Mushtaq Chowdhary, Additional Commissioner Development, Udhampur told ANI.

“The house completion rate is 70 per cent which is highest in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. In Block Ghordi of District Udhampur, 771 beneficiaries have been selected under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY),” he added.

“I am really happy that our Kacha house would now be made into a pakka house and I am very thankful to Prime Minister Modi who has launched such a scheme for the poor,” Krishan Chand, a beneficiary told ANI.

Ajay Kumar Padha, another beneficiary also expressed thanks to the Centre for launching the scheme.

“I am very thankful to the government for launching a scheme that would benefit the poor immensely. There were many poor people who lived in kaccha houses and during the monsoon, water used to seep through. Many of the people who now have pakka houses are very happy,” he said.

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