Barely 8% Target Met Under Urban Housing Scheme, PM Awas Yojana
For Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Urban, it has been nearly three years which promised Housing for All by 2022, barely 8% or 3 lakh of the 40.6 lakh houses target met so far, have been constructed. The rural version of PMAY is better, but even there also only 30% or 28.8 lakh houses, have been completed against the 95.4 lakh target by the rural development ministry in 15 months since the plan was launched.
The data on the websites of the urban affairs and rural development ministries reveals that as on March 5 this year, the ministry had considered 8,341 projects under PMAY involving 40.6 lakh houses.
But only 3.4 lakh houses have been completed, while work is in progress on 18 lakh or about 44% of the target. However, the data doesn’t reveal the stage of construction for these houses. Of those completed, about 3 lakh houses are occupied. PMAY (Urban) was launched by on June 25, 2015, with the goal of building two crore houses for the poor in urban areas by 2022.
The 3 lakh houses completed so far under this scheme amount to just 2% of the seven-year target. The scheme provides central assistance to urban local bodies and other agencies through states and union territories for construction of houses under four different categories.
PMAY (Gramin) was launched on November 20, 2016, and aimed to complete 1 crore new houses by March 31, 2019. Of these, 51 lakh houses were to be completed by end-March 2018. Thus, the 27.7 lakh actually completed is only about 54% of the target at this stage.
Joint secretary (rural housing) with the rural development ministry, told that total 47 lakh houses under the PMAY (Gramin) would be completed by the end of March.
Uttar Pradesh leads the nation in terms of rural housing targets with 61% completion followed by Madhya Pradesh (44%) and Chhattisgarh (43%). At the other end of the spectrum, Telangana has not built any houses, according to the data. Nine states and six UT have rates under 1%. Tamil Nadu, Assam and Gujarat are under 10% completion.
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