The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, on October 30, 2018, approved the construction of nearly 2.15 lakh affordable houses for the poor in six states, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). According to the ministry, with the sanctioning of 2,15,083 more housing units, the total number of houses being funded under the PMAY(U) across the country would be 62,53,731.
An official said West Bengal was sanctioned 1,00,704 housing units, while 50,271 houses were authorised for Uttar Pradesh, followed by 41,707 for Andhra Pradesh, 20,499 for Maharashtra, 1,425 for Nagaland and 477 for Dadra and Nagar Haveli. A total of 334 projects, with a cost of Rs 8,559 crores and central assistance of Rs 3,226 crores, were approved in a meeting held under the chairmanship of HUA secretary, Durga Shanker Mishra.
The government has set a target of one crore houses to be constructed in urban areas in the country, over a period of seven years, from 2015 to 2022. The PMAY (U), launched by prime minister Narendra Modi in June 2015, aims to ensure ‘Housing for All by 2022’.