Affordable Housing: Union Govt Approves Construction Of 56,000 More Houses Under PMAY UrbanA housing project under construction. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Union government has approved the construction of 56,368 more houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban (PMAY-U) Programme, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs said in a statement.

The new project was approved at the 53rd Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee Meeting held on 22 February. These houses are proposed to be constructed under various verticals of PMAY-U Mission. A total of 11 States and Union Territories (UT) attended the meeting.

“Let’s get into the mode of implementation and execution,” said Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). He urged the States and UTs to ensure 100 per cent completion and delivery of PMAY-U houses to all its eligible beneficiaries within the mission period. The participating states and UTs were also directed to use the online mechanism (MIS) for proper implementation and monitoring of the mission.

The secretary further spoke about how the mission is promoting women empowerment by allotting houses in the name of women beneficiaries or joint ownership.

He categorically asked the states and UTs to comply with the advisory issued by the ministry at every level, primarily ensuring that the woman beneficiary’s name is mentioned on the nameplate of their PMAY-U house.

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Programme launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), in mission mode envisions provision of Housing for All by 2022, when India completes 75 years of its Independence. The mission seeks to address the housing requirement of urban poor including slum dwellers.

Construction of PMAY-U houses are in various stages. As of now, more than 73 lakh houses have been grounded and nearly 43 lakh have been completed.

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