Ground work for light house project begins in Ranchi – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: The state urban development department formally kicked-off the ground work for the implementation of the Centre’s ambitious light house project, an affordable housing for urban poor under PM Awas Yojana in Ranchi’s Jagarnathpur area on Tuesday amid heavy security cover.

The project remained stalled since its foundation stone laying ceremony in January this year owing to heavy protests by locals, who under the banner of HEC Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samiti blocked the works on many occasions in the last six months, fearing displacement.

However, after officials in the ministry of housing and urban affairs recently threatened state urban development department of stalling funds for PM housing projects (urban) recently, authorities swung into action.

Since morning, the Ranchi district administration pressed over 200 policemen, including magistrates, at the project site to facilitate uninterrupted recommencement of the ground work for the project. JVS Narayan Rao, director municipal administration in the state urban development department, along with her team too was present on the occasion.

She said, “We began soil testing from today and work on barricading the site to bar unauthorised entry is being set up. We have started work on this project now and if all goes well, we shall be able to finish it in stipulated timeframe.”

“Originally, the project was set to be completed within 12 months after the foundation stone-laying ceremony. However, protests coupled with Covid-19 pandemic delayed it at least by six months now,” said sources.

Under this project, 1,008 flats are to be constructed at the 7.5-acre earmarked land for economically weaker section of society whose annual income is up to Rs 3 lakh per year. The total cost of the project is around Rs 133 crore. Once ready, flats will be given to identified beneficiaries, said officials. Centre will invest Rs 5 lakh from its coffers for each flat, while state government will provide Rs 1 lakh. Beneficiaries will have to bear the remaining Rs 6.5 lakh on their own.

Meanwhile, a delegation of HEC Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samity on Monday met with Poriyahat MLA Pradeep Yadav seeking his help to stall the project at the identified site. Mintu Paswan, convenor of the outfit, said that they aren’t against the project but are fighting to save the only available open ground in their area. Talking to TOI yesterday, he said that high rise will rob children in the area proper playground and many also fear mass displacement.



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PMAY-Gramin beneficiaries suffer amid centre & Rajasthan governments’ tussle over funds – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Even as Rajasthan had recently topped among all states in its performance under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G), the allocation of funds by the centre tells a different story.

Amid a tussle between state and the centre over delay in release of funds amounting to Rs 682.07 crore (for financial year 2020-21), pending since December last year, has resulted in non-payment of second and third installment of 76,764 beneficiaries under the scheme, inducing a total liability of Rs 425.27 crore.

The state’s chief secretary Niranjan Arya had written a letter to the centre last month (May) urging release of its share of Rs 682.07 crore for building houses, sanctioned in the year 2020-21, under PMAY-G.

According to data shared by the state’s rural development department, of the 13.36 lakh sanctioned houses, construction of 11.44 lakh houses have already been completed (from 2016-17 to date). In 2020-21, of the 2.03 sanctioned houses, construction of 90,834 (44.73%) were completed.

“There is hardly any progress in work under PMAY-G as we are yet receive funds from the centre, pending since December last year (2021). The centre is not releasing the amount as the record shows that while the state government has released Rs1,027 crore to the treasury (PD account), the amount has not been transferred to the state nodal account (money is transferred to the beneficiaries from this account),” said a senior official. “However, the state’s cash-strapped treasury has to distribute funds, depending on its availability, for running the schemes under all departments and other purposes.”

“Because the money has not been transferred to the state nodal account, the centre doesn’t consider it released (to the beneficiaries). Hence, there is a delay in release of funds by the centre since December last year. Due to this delay, nearly 77,000 beneficiaries under the scheme are suffering,” the official added.



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Andhra Pradesh CM launches construction works of 15 lakh houses – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday laid the foundation stone in virtual mode for construction of over 15 lakh houses across Andhra Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana at an estimated cost of Rs 28,000 crore. The state government has christened them YSR-Jagananna colonies.

The Central grants for the 15.10 lakh houses planned in the first phase comes to Rs 22,653 crore (1.5 lakh per unit).

Besides, the state government will also access another Rs 2,940 crore from the Centre under the MGNREGP, at the rate of Rs 30,000 per house in the urban development authority areas covering mostly rural parts.

The state government will contribute Rs 30,000 per house for the units to be built in municipal areas.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said it was not just houses that were being built but new towns in more than 17,005 YSR-Jagananna Colonies.

The first phase would be completed by June 2022 and the second phase, to build another 12 lakh houses, would be taken up immediately.

“We will spend another Rs 30,000 crore on infrastructure development, including underground fibre lines, in these colonies.Our objective is to ensure no person in the state remains without a house,” Jagan said.



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Kerala: CAG finds lapses in PMAY-Gramin rollout – ET RealEstate

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the state’s performance in general and social sectors has found instances of misappropriation of funds, loss of central government’s assistance, internal control deficiencies, underutilisation of assets, and shortcomings in implementation of rules and programmes involving Rs 203.97 crore in the financial year ending March, 2019.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana—Gramin (PMAY-G) in Kerala, it was intended to provide houses to 42,431 identified beneficiaries in rural areas. The project was to be completed within 12 months from the date of sanction. The report said non-assessment of housing shortage, lack of convergence and shortcomings in technical and quality supervision, persisted in the project implementation.

The grama panchayats had failed in selecting eligible beneficiaries and creation of permanent wait list (priority list), assisting the old and infirm in construction of houses, identifying land to landless and converging the schemes for access to basic amenities. The auditor also pointed out irregular sanctioning of houses and block panchayats’ failure to facilitate loans to beneficiaries.

There were also instances of construction of houses without obtaining building permits from GPs and clearances from Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority. The state lost central assistance of Rs 195.82 crore during 2016-18 due to its failure to attain physical and financial progress prescribed by it. Monitoring was also deficient at various levels of programme management units, the report said.

The report pointed out instances where funds released by the state government for creating public assets for the benefit of the community remained unutilised or blocked due to indecisiveness, lack of administrative oversight and concerted action at various levels.

Failure to adhere to provisions and lax supervisory controls resulted in misappropriation of Rs 1.84 lakh in General Hospital, Neyyattinkara, Rs 6.46 lakh in the District Hospital, Mavelikkara and suspected misappropriation of Rs 0.83 lakh in Taluk Hospital, Fort, Thiruvananthapuram.

The purchase of a mobile incinerator for Rs 2.14 crore by the local self-government department without assessing its economic viability resulted in its under-utilisation and consequent decommissioning. The failure of Kolazhy grama panchayat to adhere to the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Property Tax, Service Cess and Surcharge) Rules, 2011, led to revenue loss of Rs 37.71 lakh.

Failure on the part of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation to safeguard blasted rubble obtained from the Vilappilsala Solid Waste Management Project resulted in loss of Rs 31.02 lakh and failure of Kothamangalam Municipality to collect and remit service tax in time led to a loss of Rs 23.64 lakh. The construction of a modern fish market by the corporation without proper study and correlating its design with the requirements of the vendors resulted in non-utilisation of the modern fish market constructed for Rs 23.25 lakh.

The report also pointed out the failure of district collectors and the central plan monitoring unit in complying with the Centre’s directions to convert members of parliament local area development scheme savings bank accounts into Savifix/ Saviplus accounts resulted in loss of interest of at least Rs 4.76 crore.



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