Budget 2019: 1.95 cr houses under PMAY-Gramin, benefits worth Rs 7L for homebuyers -- top announcements in Housing sector

The Centre has rolled out a number of schemes for middle-class home buyers that are expected to entail net gains worth Rs 7 lakh, in a big boost towards the goal of 'Housing for All'. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget 2019-20 in Parliament on Friday, proposed additional deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh for interest paid on loans borrowed up to March 31, 2020.

This move, Sitharaman said, will translate into a benefit of Rs 7 lakh for middle-class homebuyers over their loan period of 15 years. Those purchasing homes valued up to Rs 45 lakh under the affordable housing scheme, Sitharaman said, can avail enhanced interest deduction up to Rs 3.5 lakh.

"For realisation of the goal of 'Housing for All' and affordable housing, a tax holiday has already been provided on the profits earned by developers of affordable housing. Also, interest paid on housing loans is allowed as a deduction to the extent of Rs. 2 lakh in respect of self-occupied property," she added.

Here are the top announcements from Budget 2019 in Housing sector

  • Regulation of housing finance companies has been moved to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from the NHB

  • Government aims to build 1.95 crore houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna -Gramin in 2 years.

  • Proposed additional deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh for interest paid on loans borrowed up to March 31, 2020.

  • Model Tenancy Law to promote rental housing will soon be finalised and circulated to all the states.

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