Ghaziabad’s Dreams To Build Over 13K PMAY Units Set To Shatter
Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Ghaziabad has to build 13,500 units by 2018-19. However, the city is far from achieving that target. Against the target, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has initiated work only on 850 units so far. The GDA has set a target of building 36,000 units by 2021 with the help of private developers.
Under the scheme, the city is building low-cost houses worth Rs 4.5 lakh. People eligible to apply for a home under the PMAY would have to pay only Rs 2 lakh for these units as the Centre (Rs 1.5 lakh) along with the state (Rs 1 lakh) would bear the remaining cost.
GDA Vice-Chairperson Kanchan Verma who took charge on September 12 said the housing scheme was a priority, and that the GDA would do their best to deliver on the promise.
“The GDA has already sent a detailed report to the state government for 7,066 units under the scheme. We will soon start work in six places to build the housing units,” said Verma.
The six areas where these units will be built include Dasna, Koyal Enclave, Newari, Masuri, Madhuban-Bapudham and Pratap Vihar. All the 850 units where construction work has started are in Madhuban-Bapudham.
Since progress has been dismal, large number of people continue to live in unauthorised construction in the city amid ongoing illegal construction. So much so that the GDA has proposed satellites monitoring amid an ongoing sealing drive.
"The builders construct substandard and unauthorized houses and commercial shops. Since units come cheap, the downtrodden lots of the society buy such houses which are dangerous to live in,” former GDA chief Ritu Maheshwari said earlier this month.