While Covid lockdown is being seen as the main reason for lack of response, many migrant labourers working in local factories have left town, leaving few takers for the scheme.
Deep Chandra, ACEO of GNIDA, said, “In view of the pandemic and economic slowdown we have extended the application deadline of the PMAY scheme by two months. The affordable housing scheme under PMAY is under two categories – for economically weaker sections of society (EWS) and low-income groups (LIG). Eligible and qualified beneficiaries may apply on the prescribed form till 6 pm of June 25 at the special counter set up near gate number 1 of GNIDA office along with a demand draft of Rs 5,000.”
While the state government has given a target of 50,000 such homes to be built by all three authorities, GNIDA has also made the provision of providing 10% land use for commercial purposes to the developer against the earlier 1%.
“We have demarcated sectors 1, 2 and 3 for affordable homes to be built with public-private collaboration under the PMAY scheme. About 10,000 such flats are to be built under the scheme,” said Narendra Bhooshan CEO GNIDA.
Santosh Kumar, OSD (builders) GNIDA, told TOI that overall Covid pandemic has led to a delay in implanting all the conditions of the scheme. “The lockdown delayed the process while people facing the Covid pandemic also were caught up in saving lives and livelihood which led to less responses received so far – about 760 applications till date,” he said.