Gujarat Constructed Most Houses For Urban Poor
Gujarat has constructed the highest number of houses for the urban poor under the Centre's flagship housing scheme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban in the country, official data show. As many as 54,474 houses have been constructed in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, since 2014-15 under the scheme. This accounts for 18.70 per cent of the 2.91 lakh total houses constructed in 36 states and uninon territories in the country, data available with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs show. Gujarat has received Central assistance of Rs 1,355 crore for construction of these houses.
Under the PMAY(U) scheme, the government targets to construct 1.2 crore affordable houses for urban poor across the country by 2022. The government provides Central assistance under various components for construction of the houses.
Gujarat was followed by Karnataka with construction of about 33,450 houses since 2014-15.
Tamil Nadu constructed 32,730 houses, Madhya Pradesh 27,862 units, Jharkhand 27,308 units, West Bengal 24,166 homes, Maharashtra 22,699 units and Andra Pradesh 21,794 homes, data show. Delhi constructed 1,262 houses for urban poor while Rajasthan constructed 12,274 houses.
Tripura and Uttar Pradesh constructed between 5,000 and 10,000 houses, while Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Telangana and Uttarakhand constructed between 1,000 and 5,000 houses. Sikkim built only one house under the scheme so far. Other states and UTs that constructed less than 100 houses include Auranchal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Goa, Meghalaya and Puducherry.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government has sanctioned 54,275 houses in favour of people belonging to economically weaker section of the society living in 113 urban-local bodies (ULBs) in the state. The houses were being provided to poor people as part of the state government's scheme to ensure homes for them.
With inputs from Housing News