Bringing the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has benefited lakhs of slum dwellers in Mumbai. And with SRA 381 projects getting approval from the PMAY committees at centre and state this year, its a bonanza for the slum dwellers.
In May 2018, the SRA established a PMAY cell for implementation of the PMAY Scheme. The scheme comprising of about 381 projects, for which Letter of Intent (LOI) was granted after 2015, were presented before the State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC) in a meeting held in the last week of June.
After approval of the state level committee, the projects were presented before the committee headed by Secretary, Housing and Urban Affairs (HoUA) which gave its nod.
According to data available from SRA, 47,984 tenements under PMAY will be alloted at construction cost to the owners of huts constructed between January 1, 2000-January 1, 2011. 28,079 additional tenements, which will be available at construction cost, are being constructed.
Commencement certificate for 22,777 tenements has been issued by SRA. As per SRA policy, 1.24 lakh tenements will be allotted free of cost to owners of huts constructed before January 1, 2000 to who have not claimed subsidy under PMAY. The provisions are being made after the state government directed that SRA scheme be included under the ambit of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Housing for All by 2022 Scheme.
According to a senior official from SRA’s PMAY cell, they do not claim any subsidy for the free houses but they are part of the target and are included in it. “All future projects will be included in the PMAY scheme. Currently, we have 381 projects,” he said.
V M Muglikar, a senior official looking after PMAY in the state stated that in Mumbai, all SRA projects are under PMAY and have been approved by both the committees.
Under PMAY, the beneficiary gets a benefit of Rs 2.5 lakh, which includes both centre and state’s contribution. To avail benefits under PMAY one cannot own a pucca house anywhere in the country.
May 2018 SRA established PMAY Cell for speedy implementation of PMAY schmes1.24L tenements to be allotted free of cost as per SRA policy47,984 tenements to be constructed for allotment at construction cost28,079 additional tenements being constructed as per new policy22,777 tenements with commencement certificate issued by SRA under PMAY.