1.64 Lakh Government-Constructed Houses Lying Vacant Across India
The central government is working to fulfil Prime Minister’s poll promise of “Housing for All”, there is 1.64 lakh government-constructed houses lying vacant across India. Delhi tops the list of states in the country with most number of low-cost houses lying vacant.
The top five states with vacant houses- Delhi with 36,623 houses, Maharashtra 35,517, Telangana 18,086, Uttar Pradesh 11,916 and Andhra Pradesh 10,863, account for 70% of the total low-cost vacant houses across India. The vacant low-cost houses were constructed under different urban housing schemes sanctioned under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY).
After the government launched the Housing For All Mission in June 2015, all the housing schemes were subsumed by Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and the government set itself an ambitious target of building two crore low-cost houses under four components.
These low-cost houses were vacant because in many cases they were planned in locations far away from residential colonies or business centres, which are means of livelihood for people.
PMAY-Urban mission director said over the years we have been pushing state governments to allot these houses. Since they have been lying locked for years, new problems are coming up. But we are pursuing the state governments and asking them to allot these houses. In some cases we have also asked them if there are small issues like repair work or missing fitments, anything to be undertaken, they should put in some money and do that.
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