The central government today gave its stamp of approval for construction of approximately 2.67 lakh more affordable houses for the poor in 10 states under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna(Urban), with Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra getting over 50,000 housing units each.
With the sanctioning of 2,67,546 additional housing units, after subsuming projects under the Rajiv Awas Yojana, the total number of houses being funded under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna reaches 53,74,306 houses.
The approval was given in a meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee of PMAY(U), which was held under the chairmanship of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra.
The ministry said Madhya Pradesh has been sanctioned 59,421 houses, while 55,296 housing units were authorised for Gujarat, followed by 52,935 for Maharashtra, 36,370 for Uttar Pradesh, 26,604 for West Bengal, 15,924 for Bihar, 8,600 for Rajasthan, 7,961 for Chhattisgarh, 2,442 for Punjab and 1,993 for Uttarakhand.
The official said an expenditure of around Rs 13,678.81 cr would be required in execution of housing projects under Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category. The ministry said that central assistance towards this would be just Rs 3919.32 cr.