EWS housing scheme hits displacement stir hurdle in Ranchi – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: After over a month of Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation online for the Light House Project, a centrally sponsored housing scheme for the economically weaker section (EWS) in Jagarnathpur area here, residents have opposed it fearing large-scale displacement.

On January 1 this year, Modi laid the foundation for construction of nearly 1,000 houses on about seven acres of land with an estimated budget of Rs 133.99 crore. The state urban development department has zeroed in on the 3-acre Mitra Mandal ground spread in Jagarnathpur here to begin the first phase work of the scheme.

However, the administration could not start the work after protests by the locals who are agitating under the banner of Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samiti (BBSS). On Thursday, the Ranchi Municipal Corporation had scheduled a meeting to pacify them but it was cancelled after the residents did not turn up.

Ranchi mayor Asha Lakra said efforts are on to pacify protesters. “The protesters are ignorant about the benefits of this project. Today, we had scheduled the talks with the locals but we had cancelled them as most had gone for work and none turned up. We will try to re-schedule it on a Sunday or some other holiday. We are sure of solving any issue through talks,” she said.

Mintu Paswan, the convener of BBSS, which represents 26 localities in and around Jagarnathpur, said they have appealed to the state government to shift the project to another vacant site saying that the earmarked site is the only playing ground for their children.

Talking to TOI, Paswan said there are several concerns among the residents after the announcement of the project. “First, the earmarked site has historical significance as international football matches were held here earlier. Moreover, this is the only open ground in the area for playing and other cultural activities. A highrise will end that.”

He further said, “None of the officials took us into confidence before selecting this site and we came to know of it only when the foundation stone was laid. Besides, the site is only of three acres and the project is proposed on seven acres. It meant the localities around the area will be acquired and several families will be displaced in future. We will not allow that to happen.”

Paswan added, “Most importantly, the government is claiming that the houses are meant for the EWS, but the price of each unit is quite high and none of us who live in the localities nearby will be able to afford it.”

According to the provisions in the project, the Centre will invest Rs 5.5 lakh per unit, which has about 350 sqft area, while the state’s government’s share is Rs 1 lakh. Each selected beneficiary will have the bear the remaining price amount of Rs 6.79 lakh.

According to Paswan, the majority of the two lakh residents of the 26 localities would not be able to afford the amount and said, “Most of us are casual workers who have a hand-to-mouth existence. The houses are definitely not meant for us, so for whom are these houses coming up? We are not against the project but we are against acquiring of the village land and future displacements. The government should consider our genuine demands.”



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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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Uttar Pradesh CM lays foundation stone of Light House project in Lucknow – ET RealEstate

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said his government has managed to provide houses to the urban poor, taking inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and exuded confidence that the Light House Project would prove to be a milestone in this direction.

Adityanath was speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of a Light House Project, which was launched online by the prime minister in six states, including Uttar Pradesh.

Houses being built under this project will take less time to complete and will be resilient, affordable and comfortable, and modern construction practices from countries like France, Germany and Canada will be put into use, Modi said during the launch.

Extending New Year greetings, the chief minister said so far 17.58 lakh houses have been allotted under the Housing for All scheme, of which 6.15 lakh have been completed and provided to poor families. Construction work was going on for 10.80 lakh houses, he added.

Adityanath asserted that the Light House Project will prove to be a milestone in providing sustainable, environment-friendly and disaster-resistant houses to the homeless in a time-bound manner.

According to an official statement, under the Light House Project to come up at a cost of Rs 131 crores in Avadh Vihar Yojan in Lucknow, 1,040 urban poor will get flats of 415 sq ft area.

The actual cost of each flat will be Rs 12.59 lakh, of which Rs 7.83 lakh will be given as grant by the Central and the state governments. The remaining will have to be borne by the allottee belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS), it said.

The allotment of the houses will be done as per the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Urban, and an open lottery will be conducted through the District Urban Development Authority, the statement said, adding that these flats will be provided in a year’s time.



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Andhra Pradesh leads in implementing PMAY-Urban: Chief minister – ET RealEstate

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy

NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday said that his government has taken lead in the country in implementing Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban (PMAY-U). The state has initiated a special drive to provide house sites to 30.75 lakh eligible deserving people throughout the state, he added.

Chief Minister Reddy made the statements while taking part in the foundation stone laying ceremony of Light House Projects (LHPs) on Friday via conferencing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Light House Projects (LHPs) under the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) via video conferencing.

Speaking at the occasion, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisioned housing for all by 2022 by which year, the nation will complete 75 years of independence. The programme is of particular relevance to the state of Andhra Pradesh which is vulnerable to natural disasters like cyclones and floods.”

For this purpose, 68,677 acres have been distributed to families, he added.

Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh also took part in the ceremony.

As per an earlier statement, LHPs will be constructed at Indore, Rajkot, Chennai, Ranchi, Agartala and Lucknow, comprising about 1,000 houses at each location along with allied infrastructure facilities.



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