The government has approved construction of over 2.17 lakh more houses for urban poor in six states, including Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Assam, taking the total tally to about 26 lakh under the Centre's housing scheme.
An official release today said in the latest sanctions, Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has given the go-ahead to over 1.20 lakh more houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) to Andhra Pradesh, followed by Uttar Pradesh 41,173, Assam 16,700, Gujarat 15,222, Jharkhand 14,017 and Maharashtra 9,894.
With the latest sanctions, the total houses sanctioned under the scheme increased to over 26.13 lakh with a total investment of around Rs 1.39 lakh cr. The central government will be providing an assistance of Rs 40,597 cr for the construction of these houses.
The 10 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar have about 82 per cent of the total houses sanctioned thus far under PMAY(U).
Andhra Pradesh was far ahead of other states in terms of being biggest beneficiary so far. It accounts for 20.71 per cent of the total sanctioned houses. With the latest sanctions, all states and Union Territories, except Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa and Lakshadweep, have got houses sanctioned under PMAY(U).