Andhra Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy called for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include a component of the cost incurred towards creation of basic infrastructure in housing colonies under Navaratnalu-Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY). He said a little grant Rs.1.80 lakh provided for individual houses would not be adequate to cover it. The State Government had allotted Rs30,000 per unit. The government of Andhra Pradesh has plans to construct 30 lakh houses within the next year.
In a letter addressed to Mr. Modi, Chief Minister said the program would address housing shortage among the underprivileged household categories, including slum dwellers, by ensuring pucca houses to all eligible households by 2022, when the country completes 75 years of independence. “This nation-wide program has further progressed India’s journey of achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and resilient.”
“In the last seven years, 308.2 lakhs houses were sanctioned with a release of Central assistance amounting to Rs 2.99 lakh crores. However, three key components majorly contribute to the success of this programme...including sanctioning of house sites to eligible beneficiaries, assisting beneficiaries in construction of pucca houses on their allotted house sites and developing basic infrastructure such as roads, electrification, water supply, drainage facilities in such colonies/ layouts,” the letter said.
The State government has already spent RS23,535 crores in providing house sites to all eligible beneficiaries under PMAY programme. Hence, I request you to include the project component of providing basic infrastructure in the PMAY programme, Reddy said.