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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Jammu & Kashmir government approves new housing policy – ET RealEstate

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday approved the proposal for setting up affordable houses, slum redevelopment, rehabilitation and township policy for 2020.

The Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, G. C. Murmu, accorded sanction to the proposal of Housing and Urban Development Department for adoption and notification of J&K Housing, Affordable Housing, Slum Redevelopment and Rehabilitation and Township Policy, 2020.

The policy envisages seven models of housing, ranging from in-situ slum redevelopment to integrated township, to cater to the need of every section of society.

The new policy aims at promoting public-private-partnerships for affordable housing and slum rehabilitation projects and provides a platform for operation and maintenance of integrated/special townships in a cooperative manner.

It further proposes the minimum relocation of existing slum dwellers so as to maintain the sanctity of existing economic and social linkages developed over a period of time in these informal settlements.

Additionally, the policy also includes provisions for fast track approvals of housing in Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) categories. Besides, it provides for their incentivization in the form of exemptions from building permit fee, land use conversion and external development charges.

The policy also aims to provide Rental Housing in which EWS families will be given dwelling unit on license basis for occupation and use for a particular period on making initial deposit and monthly charges.

The policy has been approved under the broader vision of meeting the growing requirement for affordable housing, slum redevelopment and rehabilitation and rental housing, for which an initial target has been set for construction of one lakh dwelling units over the next five years.

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