NEW DELHI: Voters of Uttar Pradesh have got the gift of cheaper houses ahead of the high-staked poll battle. UP administration has sent its first proposals for construction of affordable houses for urban poor to the ministry of housing. The first such proposal for construction of 11,286 houses for urban poor in 34 towns of Uttar Pradesh was approved by the Centre as the Ministry as the election commission is set to annouunce poll dates in the coming days.
Officials in the ministry of housing said that Uttar Pradesh government proposed the construction of these houses under Beneficiary Led Construction component of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Urban. Under this component, eligible beneficiaries are given central assistance of Rs.1.50 lakh each for the construction of new houses on their land or for improvement of existing houses. PMAY (Urban) was launched in June last year.
Some of the towns of UP for which construction of new houses was sanctioned include Barwar-925 houses, Iltifatganj-910, Maholi-602, Ranipur-574, Pali-549, Suriyawan-506, Chughuli-501, Sikandra-447, Kathera-415, Kora Jahanabad-413, Mahroni-411, Ranipur Mariharan-367, Churk Ghurma- 357, Sarsawan-343 and Bahua-316.
Three towns for which improvement of existing houses has been approved include Maghar-489, Ghuguhuli-299 and Shohratgarh-73. The ministry on Tuesday approved construction of 52,319 houses for urban poor under PMAY(Urban) involving an investment of Rs.2,946 cr and central assistance of Rs.778 cr. In the latest round of approvals, Madhya Pradesh got 25,097 houses, Chattisgarh-8,941 houses, Maharashtra-3,805, Nagaland-2,422, Puducherry-720 and Daman-48.
With this, the ministry has so far approved construction of a total of 13,43,805 houses for urban poor under PMAY (Urban) involving an investment of Rs.72,781 cr and central assistance of Rs.19,633.