State waives deposit for homes for economically poor sections as various fees discouraged applicants; target to build 19 lakh houses by 2022.
Under pressure to achieve the target of building 19 lakh affordable houses by March 31, 2022 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), the Maharashtra government has waived the required security deposit for the economically weaker sections. Sources in the housing department said the response to the scheme so far has been poor, making it difficult for the government to achieve the target. In January this year, the government had approved 79 projects for constructing 2.15 lakh houses under the scheme.
In a notification issued in this regard on Monday, the government said, “The economically weaker sections are required to pay different types of fees under the Beneficiary Led (Individual House) Construction’ (BLC) resulting in low response to the PMAY scheme. Therefore, it has been decided that the security deposit will not be charged for economically weaker sections under the BLC under the PMAY.’’
Under the PMAY scheme, the Centre provides an assistance of Rs 1 lakh-Rs 1.5 lakh while the state contributes Rs 1 lakh. The government allots the land at the rate of one rupee per sq mt while Rs 1,000 is charged as stamp duty.
In the beginning of the year, the state government had given its approval for building 2.15 lakh houses – 1.40 lakh houses for the economically weaker sections, 37,656 houses for the lower income group, 14,766 for the middle income group and 166 houses for the higher income group. These houses will be constructed in Pune, Konkan, Nagpur, Nashik, Amaravati, Solapur, Pimpri, Washim, Barshi (Solarpur), Parbhani, Gadchiroli, Ichalkaranji (Kolkhapur).
As per the data accessed by Mumbai Mirror, the state government in the financial year 2017-18 constructed 55,695 houses under the PMAY. In the current year (2018-19), so far 1,498 houses have been constructed.
An official from the housing department said, “The pace of construction under the PMAY is slow, but the government will achieve its 2022 target. The government has identified various locations for projects under the scheme, and a few proposals are under consideration for approval.’’
With the objective of extending the PMAY to Mumbai too, the state government has offered a floor space index (FSI) of 2.5 under public-private partnership. The developer can construct affordable houses under the PMAY on government as well as private land.
HOW SCHEME FARES
YEAR | HOUSES
2016-17 | 1,69,250
2017-18 | 55,695
2018-19 | 1,498