15% Of 54.95 Lakh Houses Sanctioned In Last Three Years Under PMAY
Over 15 per cent of the 54.95 lakh houses sanctioned in last three years under the Centre’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) has been completed, according to data provided by the housing and urban affairs (HUA) ministry.
While the government has set a target of one crore houses to be constructed in urban areas across the country over a period of seven years from 2015 to 2022 and claims the work is in full swing, the opposition has questioned its seriousness citing the “small target achieved” so far.
Last month, the ministry approved construction of nearly 1.12 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor, taking the total number of houses being funded under the PMAY (Urban) to 54,95,443.
As per the ministry’s official figures, 8.55 lakh houses have been completed till August 21 this year since the launch of PMAY (U) while work is underway on 30.4 lakh units across the country.
A senior official of housing and urban affairs ministry, which is mandated to implement the scheme, however, said that construction work is going on in full swing and it is exploring the use of new technologies to ensure faster completion.
He said out of 8.55 lakh houses, 5.68 houses have been completed in the last one year.
Ministry spokesman said new technologies are being implemented and further new technologies are also being explored to ensure faster completion of houses.
The ministry has constituted Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under the chairmanship of HUA secretary for overall review and monitoring of the mission.
As per the official data available, 4,320 cities and towns have been included in the PMAY (U) across the country and 11,226 projects have been approved till July this year.
The HUA ministry has also planned to organise the Global Housing Construction Technology Challenge to attract innovative construction technologies which are adaptable, sustainable, low cost and can be used for creating large-scale affordable housing at a rapid pace.
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