Housing for All: The state government of Maharashtra has cleared the proposal of 1.8 lakh affordable houses under the scheme and the plan will soon be submitted to the Union Government for approval.
The proposal of houses under the ‘Housing for All’ scheme has been approved by Committee chaired by Swadheen Kshatriya. According to the statement of official, these houses will be located at Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and towns part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in the Raigad district.
The chief secretary directed that all proposal be submitted to the Union Government for approval by April 2016, and speeding up of implementation by local bodies.
The seminar was also joined by representatives of four western states, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Goa, and the Union territories of Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu besides Union government representatives.
“We are vetting the proposals at our level. The actual number of proposals to be sent to the Union government by April might be lower as we still need more information and work on certain proposals” state housing department official said.
The program Housing for All under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana will be implemented in 51 cities of Maharashtra state. This initiative of state government has charted out four approaches to provide affordable houses at low cost and these approaches includes the slum redevelopment, an interest subsidy scheme, affordable housing projects by public-private participation model and beneficiary-led individual houses.
Under the initiative, the government can create houses of around to 30 square meter for economically weaker sections (EWS) and 60 square meter for the lower-income groups (LIG). Under the scheme, Union government will provide a funding of Rs 1.5 lakh per tenement while the state will top it up with Rs 1 lakh more.
The official of housing department said that most of the proposals that we have received till now are through the third approach, which is creating housing stock on a public private partnership model.