An inter-ministerial Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC), chaired by Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, on July 24, 2017, approved a first-of-its-kind affordable housing project on private land, after detailed discussions with the officials of the Maharashtra government, an official release said. The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry also gave its nod for a central assistance of Rs 450 crores for the project, under the centre’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY (U)) scheme, it said.
Raynagar Cooperative Housing Federation, in Sholapur, had submitted a proposal to build 30,000 houses for its members, comprising beedi and textile workers and other urban poor, belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS) at a cost of Rs 1,811 crores under the PMAY (U). The state government, after due examination, agreed to provide an assistance of Rs 300 crores for the same and forwarded the proposal to the ministry in March 2016.
Last month, former union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, had said that the scope of the scheme would be extended to private lands, in a move aimed to give momentum to affordable housing in urban areas. The Narendra Modi government’s scheme, which aims to provide houses to all poor by 2022, was so far applicable to affordable housing projects built on lands belonging to the state or municipal corporations.
The ownership of land area of 189 hectares, is with the federation, which acquired it for building the houses. It will be the implementing agency, the release said, adding that all the proposed beneficiaries have been Aadhaar-linked. The state officials informed the CSMC that the cost of each dwelling unit of Rs 6,03,777 has been determined in a transparent manner and with central and state assistance. The delivery price would be Rs 3,53,777 per house, the release said.
The State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC), set up under the PMAY (U), will oversee the implementation of the project. This approval for the affordable housing project on private land, under the PMAY (U), is expected to trigger more such projects on private lands under the Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) component of the PMAY (U), the release said. Central assistance of Rs 1.50 lakhs for each beneficiary, is provided under this component.
The CSMC, in its 24th meeting on July 24, 2017, also approved the construction of 2,84,803 more affordable houses for the urban poor under the PMAY (U), the highest number approved in a single meeting of the CSMC. The total cost of these houses to be built in six states is Rs 16,407 crores, for which central assistance of Rs 4,272 crores has been approved, the release said. Andhra Pradesh has been sanctioned 2,25,245 houses, Uttar Pradesh 23,322, Tamil Nadu 15,374, Manipur 10,392, Assam 9,767 and Meghalaya 703.