NEW DELHI: The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) has approved construction of 3.61 lakh houses from 17 states/union territories (UTs) under Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP), Beneficiary-Led Construction (BLC), In-Situ Slum Redevelopment (ISSR) verticals of PMAY-Urban.

The approval were granted in the 56th meeting of CSMC held under the chairmanship of Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

Mishra took up the issues pertaining with states/UTs regarding construction of houses under the mission and asked them to resolve the issues without delay so that construction of houses can be expedited.

Construction of PMAY-Urban houses are in various stages. With this, the total number of sanctioned houses under the mission is now 1.14 crore; of which more than 89 lakh have been grounded for construction and 52.5 lakh have been completed and delivered to the beneficiaries.

The total investment under the mission is Rs 7.52 lakh crore, with a central assistance of Rs 1.85 lakh crore. So far, Rs 1.13 lakh crore of funds have already been released.

The CSMC also accorded approval for revision of projects from 14 states/UTs translating into 3.74 lakh houses.

At the CSMC meeting, an e-Finance module was also launched by the housing secretary. The e-Finance module has been integrated with all modules of the PMAY-Urban MIS system and designed, developed within PMAY-Uran MIS System with the objectives to provide unique platform to all stakeholders for disbursement of funds through Direct Benefit Transfer mode & to validate beneficiaries.

While launching the module, the housing secretary said, “The e-Finance module has been launched with a specific purpose to remove any sort of misinformation. Now, there will be transparency, and all financial data will be captured on the platform.”

He instructed that training programmes for officers/MIS personnel across states/UTs should be organised region wise for the early implementation of the module.

Mishra also approved proposals under Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) – Model 2 – in Telangana and Tamil Nadu. A total of 19,535 units, have been approved for urban migrants/poor, involving Technology Innovation Grant of Rs 39.11 crore.

ARHCs provide affordable rental accommodation to urban migrants/poor in urban areas close to their workplace. The ARHC scheme is being implemented through two models. Under Model 1, existing government funded vacant houses are converted into ARHCs through public private partnership or by public agencies while under Model 2, construction, operation and maintenance of ARHCs will be done by public/private entities on their own vacant land.



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