The award was conferred by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to the Board at a national summit-cum-excellence award programme, ‘Housing for All’, in New Delhi on Wednesday. On behalf of the Board, the award was received by Chairman of Chhattisgarh Housing Board Bhupendra Singh Sawanni and Commissioner Siddhartha Komal Singh Pardesi.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, PWD Minister Rajesh Munat and Additional Chief Secretary (Housing and Environment) N Baijendra Kumar congratulated the Board for its efforts to meet the housing requirements of the EWS in the State.
Speaking at the programme, Chairman Swanni said, “We are responsible for providing affordable housing facilities and infrastructure to the people from different sections of the society. Out of the total houses constructed, 85 per cent of the houses were meant for Economically Weaker Sections and Lower Income Groups.”
On the lines of Centre’s ‘Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana’, the State Government has started an affordable housing scheme for all aiming to deal with soaring population in urban areas, which will be completed by 2022. The scheme aims to develop houses for people dwelling in slum areas, urban poor and people belonging to EWS.
Commissioner Pardeshi said, “We have fixed a target for constructing as many as 65,000 houses under the Atal Vihar Yojana over the next three years (from 2015-16 to 2017-18) — 15,000 houses in 2015-16, 25,000 in 2016-17 and 25,000 in 2017-18.
Similarly, under the General Housing Scheme, around 9,000 houses will be constructed by the Board in 2015-16, 10,500 in 2016-17 and 11,000 in 2017-18. In addition to this, under the Mukhyamantri Awaas Yojana, as many as 23,664 houses will be constructed by the Board in 2015-16, 7,336 in 2016-17 and 9,000 in 2017-18.
Besides, as many as 4,000 houses will be constructed in Kamal Vihar scheme under the affordable housing scheme in 2015-16, 2,000 houses in 2016-17 and 1,500 houses in 2017-18.
The Board holds responsibility to provide housing facility to people falling in the Medium Income Group (MIG), Lower Income Group (LIG) and Economic Weaker Sections (EWS) categories under different schemes including Atal Awaas Yojana, Deendayal Awaas Yojana, Kushabhau Thakre Awaas Yojana and others.