Modi’s flagship ‘Housing for All’ which is running much behind the target has seen some momentum. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Monday sanctioned 2,17,900 more houses for six States including Uttar Pradesh taking the total houses sanctioned so far to 26,13,568 houses.
So far, less than 2 lakh houses have been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme which aims to provide housing facility to 2 crore people by 2022.
Officials said that construction of 26,13,568 houses involves a total investment of 1,39,621 crore and Central assistance of 40,597 cr has been approved for construction of these houses.
In the latest sanctions, Andhra Pradesh has got sanction for the construction of 1,20,894 more affordable houses followed by Uttar Pradesh-41,173, Assam-16,700, Gujarat-15,222, Jharkhand-14,017 and Maharashtra-9,894.
Andhra Pradesh is far ahead of others in sanctions under PMAY(Urban) accounting for 20.71% of all the houses sanctioned so far.
According to the latest progress report of the Pradhan mantra Awas Yojana (PMAY), construction of total 1,57,106 houses have been completed in states and union territories of the country. Some of the states which have scored better position in construction of houses are Gujarat (37,135), Karnataka (20,512), Maharashtra (11,503), Rajasthan (12,012), Tamilnadu (19,454) and West Bangal (11,077).
On the other side, some of the worst performer states include names like Bihar (2,659), Chhatisgarh (1970), Haryana (1070), Himachal Pradesh (25), Kerala (595), Orissa (1643), Punjab (336),Telangana (843) and Uttarakhand (1338).
A senior official of the ministry of housing and urban affairs said that states have been told to speed up the process of identifying the projects and submitting the proposals to the ministry so that works could be started. “Now, states have started coming forward with projects and Centre has so far approved construction of 26.13 lakhs houses in many states.,” added the official.