[ecis2016.org] In a move to boost affordable housing in urban areas, the central government has approved the construction of over 78,500 more houses for the urban poor in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal, with an investment of Rs 2,955 crores
The ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), on January 18, 2017, has approved the construction of 78,703 additional affordable houses for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal, with an investment of Rs 2,956.32 crores, according to an official release. With this, the total number of houses approved for construction, for the benefit of the urban poor, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), launched in June 2016, has crossed the 15-lakh mark, to reach 15,48,846.
The ministry also asked the states to gear up and submit proposals regarding the construction of affordable houses, for achieving the target of ’Housing for All’ in urban areas by 2022. HUPA secretary, Nandita Chatterjee, conveyed this message during a meeting of the Central Screening and Monitoring Committee (CSMC).
Of the houses to be constructed under the PMAY, 52,336 houses will be built in Tamil Nadu, 21,285 in West Bengal and 5,082 in Kerala.
The centre will provide an assistance of Rs 1,180.54 crores, for the construction of these houses. The total investment for construction of 15,48,846 houses, approved so far, is Rs 82,708 crores, with the central providing assistance of Rs 21,125.36 crores.
- The latest approval of 52,336 houses in Tamil Nadu entails an investment of Rs 1,942.24 crores, with central assistance of Rs 785.04 crores. With this, the total number of houses approved for Tamil Nadu under the PMAY (Urban), has gone up to 2,26,572, with an investment of Rs 8,144 crores and central assistance of Rs 3,461 crores.
- West Bengal, which got 21,285 more houses in the latest approval, will get an investment of Rs 861.62 crores, with a central share of Rs 319.27 crores. With this, the total number of affordable houses approved for the state has increased to 1,44,016, with an investment of Rs 5,835 crores and central assistance of Rs 2,168 crores.
- For Kerala, the ministry approved construction of 5,082 houses for the benefit of urban poor with an investment of Rs 152.46 crores and central assistance of Rs 76.23 crores. The total number of houses approved for the state so far, has gone up to 22,467 with an investment of Rs 755 crores and central assistance of Rs 363 crores.
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