The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has given approval to the Chhattisgarh Government for taking up affordable housing projects in urban areas under Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (PMAY) launched in June this year. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh expressed his happiness to become the first State to get Central Government’s approval clearing first affordable housing projects under Housing for All Mission.
An inter-ministerial Central Sanctioning-cum-Monitoring Committee chaired by Dr Nandita Chatterjee, Secretary (Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation) approved State Government’s proposals for building 26,034 houses in 11 cities and towns in the State. Of these, 12,670 are for beneficiaries belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and 13,364 for Low Income Group (LIG).
The projects approved will be taken up in Raipur, Naya Raipur, Bhilai Industrial Estate, Rajnandagaon, Nardaha (Raipur), Jorapalli (Raigarh), Bilaspur (Chilhati), Shriramnagar (Kanker), Machewa (Mahasamund), Balod (Sivni) and Sukma.
Houses for EWS have been sanctioned under the ‘Affordable Housing in Partnership’ component of PMAY. The Central Sanctioning Committee also approved central assistance of Rs 190 crore for these 12,670 EWS houses at Rs 1.50 lakhs as per Mission Guidelines. LIG houses will be built under Credit Linked Subsidy component of Housing Mission for which Central Nodal Agencies –National Housing Bank and HUDCO (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) have been authorised to provide interest subsidy at 6.50 per cent on loans up to Rs 6 lakhs for each eligible beneficiary for the loan tenure of 15 years.
The Committee also approved release of first installment of Rs 76 crore to Chattisgarh Government. State Urban Development Agency is the nodal agency for housing mission while Chattisgarh Housing Board is the implementing agency.
Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) is meant only for beneficiaries belonging to EWS under which 35 per cent of the houses proposed to be built shall be reserved for EWS with project size of minimum of 250 houses. Reservation for EWS in the AHP Projects approved for Chattisgarh in 11 cities ranged from 36 per cent to 52 per cent.
City-wise details of EWS houses to be built are: Raipur-3104, Naya Raipur-7720, Bhilai Industrial Estate-192, Rajnandgaon-272, Raipur (Nardaha)-192, Jorapalli-144, Chilhati-272, Shriramnagar-134, Machewa-336, Balod-140 and Sukma-164.