Ghaziabad: Six years on, not a single unit delivered under PMAY – ET RealEstate

GHAZIABAD: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) was launched in 2015 with much fanfare. Six years on, the scheme is yet to provide a single dwelling unit in Ghaziabad to the targeted beneficiaries.

In fact, of the 10,850 units sanctioned in the city, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is supposed to construct some 3,496 units. However, only 240 have been constructed under the Madhuban Bapudham housing scheme to date.

The remaining 7,354 units are to be made by 12 private developers, which are at different stages of construction.

As per rules, of Rs 6 lakh/unit cost of a house under the scheme, Rs 1.5 lakh is provided by the central government, Rs 1 lakh by the state government and the remaining by the beneficiaries.

“But GDA, for its 3,496 units, has received as government assistance only Rs 18 crore out of Rs 87 crore to date. As a result, only 240 units are complete as of today. But none has been provided to beneficiaries yet,” said an authority official.

“For 3,496 units, the government assistance is Rs 87.40 crore, yet the GDA is constructing flats under PMAY on its own at five places of the district and for the scheme to take off in full swing, the remaining government amount needs to be disbursed at the earliest,” he added. Five places where flats under PMAY are being made are Maduban Bapudham, Noor Nagar, Pratap Vihar,Newari and Dasna.

PMAY units under private builders are also being constructed at a sluggish pace.

“Of the 12 developers who are to construct 7,354 units, work on six projects has still not been taken up. While land use change in two projects is awaited, map sanction of one project is still awaited. In the remaining projects, work is yet to start despite the approval of the layout plans,” said the official.

Earlier the government had set a target of 36,000 units for Ghaziabad under PMAY, which was to be delivered by 2022 but that proved to be unrealistic in the wake of financial and other problems. So, the target was scaled down to 10,850.

In February, the GDA board approved the increase in cost of each PMAY housing unit from Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh. However, the new rates are applicable only for new housing units and not those already under construction.



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Rajasthan: 400 applications under PMAY rejected citing landline telephone connections – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Applications for free housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) of over 400 families belonging to Sahariya and Gadiya Lohar tribes in Baran district have been rejected by the local administration saying that they possess landline phones.

A local NGO has challenged the report of the local administration by stating that 90% of families are living in shanties and don’t have a power connection, let alone landline phones. The PMAY scheme is for families that don’t possess landlines, phones, fridges, bikes or own houses.

Naresh Patel, a local social activist said that they have verified most of the applicants to learn that they do not possess any movable and non-movable assets. “In Ranibarod gram panchayat, on our reality check, all 22 applicants belonging to Sahariyas and Gadiya Lohars were found to be living on the roadside with no basic facilities,” said Patel.

The matter came to light after the applications of all identified beneficiaries were rejected by the local administration in August third week. The families were informed by their gram panchayat. The applicants for the scheme are recommended by their respective gram panchayats (GPs).

It is scrutinised by the sarpanch and pradhan before it is sent to the zila parishad. The rejected applicants are from over 40 GPs.

The rejection has dashed the dreams of beneficiaries who are running from pillar to post to get the correction done. Sub-divisional officer, Kishanganj Prahlad Ram Dudi told TOI, “Once the application is filed manually, the process of scrutinising the application is online. The form is linked with aadhaar card and whether the family owns any of the items that debar them from the scheme is done automatically. It appears that the rejection was made due to some technical error.”

Krishna Shukla, CEO, zila parishad, told TOI that the concerned officials have been told to revise the applications. “The changes in the application can be made in the list once the revised list is prepared,” said Shukla.

Under the PMAY, the Central government provides the aid of Rs 1.5 lakh to the beneficiary for building a house on his/her own land.



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Uttar Pradesh CM gifts keys of PMAY house to woman in Varanasi – ET RealEstate

VARANASI: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath gifted keys of a newly constructed house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) to a beneficiary, Kamla Devi of Ramnagar Gajenda village of Pindra block in Varanasi on Wednesday and also asked her the number of schemes of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and state under which she has been covered so far. In reply, Kamla stated that she has already been given benefits of clean toilet, LPG and free power connection, ration cards and many other schemes.

“Now, I am the owner of a pucca house. All these benefits have come to me courtesy Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said recalling how she earlier dwelt with her family in a hut.

For her virtual interaction with the CM, arrangements were made at her home.

After listening to her reply, the CM said that people in this city are fortunate to have Modiji as their MP, who is benefiting the entire country.

For this on-line interaction of the CM with the beneficiaries of PMAY and CMAY to mark the occasion of handing over keys of 5.51 lakh newly constructed homes in the state on Wednesday, the local administration had hosted a function at the auditorium of the divisional commissioner office.

Following CM’s on-line address and interaction with the beneficiaries, district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma also distributed keys among 12 people, including Kalawati, Phulari, Rekha, Bhagwani, Amrawati, Munni, Sita, Gita, Mantara, Nagina and Phulpatti.

A beneficiary, Mira of Bachhao village had received the key of her house from the CM in Lucknow while function of key distribution among all beneficiaries had been organized at all block headquarters where local MLAs and other public representatives were present.

The DM said that in Wednesday’s function, 6,480 beneficiaries of PMAY and CMAY were handed over the keys of their new homes in the district. “A total of 13,726 houses have been sanctioned under these schemes, of which 6,480 have been completed so far,” he said adding, “Work on the remaining sanctioned houses is also in progress.”



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Kanpur district administration officials give keys of houses to ten beneficiaries – ET RealEstate

KANPUR: As many as ten beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Avas Yojna Gramin Evam Mukhyamatri Avas Yojna Gramin of Kanpur Nagar district were given keys of the houses by the district administration officials here on Wednesday.

The main programme was held in Lucknow where chief minister Yogi Adityanath presented keys of the houses to three beneficiaries of Kushinagar, Sonebhadra and Raebareli through video conferencing.

According to the press release issued by the office of the district magistrate, 5.71 lakh beneficiaries were given the houses on Wednesday which were constructed with a sum of Rs 6637.72 crore.

The CM, after presenting the keys to the beneficiaries, also interacted with them. He told them that it was PM Narendra Modi’s dream that there should be a roof over the head of homeless people. His dream turned into a reality on Wednesday when a large number of homeless people got the ownership of a house, the CM said.

In Kanpur, out of ten beneficiaries, three beneficiaries who got the houses under Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojana are Shankar Kumar, Babita and Pooja, all residents of Kewana gram panchayat under Chaubeypur development block.

Similarly, the seven beneficiaries who got the houses under the Prime Minister Avas Scheme are Rajkumari, wife of Ram Shankar, Rajeshwari, wife of Subedar, Babita, wife of Ram Sewak, Gunja, wife of Ram Narayan, Prabhawati, wife of Ram Lal, Raisun, wife of Nafees, Sushma, wife of Kanhaiya Lal, all belonging to Tikra gram panchayat of Kalyanpur development block.

According to the office of the district magistrate, the keys of 2,551 houses were presented to the beneficiaries of Kanpur district.



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