Government Speeding Up Home Construction Significantly Under PMAY-Gramin; 51 Lac Houses To Be Built In 2017-18
In 2017-18, the government is targeting the construction of 51-lac houses. This will go a long way in meeting its target of building one crore houses by the year 2019. This will be carried out under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G). The government is aiming to bring down the building time to 6-12 months from 18 months to three years. Around 18 lac houses were completed in the financial year 2016 and in 2017, the number went up to 32 lacs. PMAY-G launched in November 2016 to replace Indira Awaas Yojana.
“Our focus is to speed up construction significantly besides ensuring that the money being transferred is not put to any misuse,” a senior government official told ET Realty.
15,000 houses have been constructed so far under the revised scheme. This year’s budget has allocated INR 15,000 crore for the scheme and has doubled allocation per household to over INR 1,20,000 from INR 75,000. The overall area has also been increased to 25 square metres from 22 square metres. The government is also ensuring faster and smoother verification by geo-referencing every house. It is also putting time and date on every photograph of the houses at various stages of construction.
The government has also surveyed 3.92 crore houses among total households deprived as per the Socio Economic and Caste Census data 2011. It has found that around 2.26 crore households are eligible for the scheme. In the next seven years, the government is targeting to build three crore houses for the rural poor.