Mumbai: Nearly 60 projects under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana got the state government’s final approval which will create more than 1.82 lakh affordable houses. Out of all, 1.21 lakh houses are reserved for the economically weaker section. Officials have claimed that the total number of affordable houses under PMAY in the state will go upto 2.5 lakh houses by next year.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) six divisions namely Nashik, Konkan, Pune, Amravati, Aurangabad and Nagpur board will be looking after 46 of the PMAY projects in the state.
The PMAY project in Khoni (Thane district) is the only project that has already started with all local and district approvals. Detailed Project Report of constructing more than 10, 000 houses are sanctioned in Khoni alone. Another project at Shirdhon in Thane District is one of the biggest projects in the entire Konkan region which will create more than 35, 000 affordable houses. These projects are assigned to BJ Shirke constructions.
According to the latest status report of 11 PMAY projects of Konkan region (a copy is with the Free Press Journal), 54,531 housing units will be reserved for Economic Weaker Section, 20, 514 housing units are reserved for Lower Income Group and 9, 525 housing units are reserved for Middle Income Group. A senior official said, “The EWS units will be upto 30 square meter, the LIG houses will be upto 60 square meter and MIG houses will be upto90 square meter.
The demand survey conducted by us has revealed that nearly 23 lakh people are interested in buying PMAY projects.” The beneficiaries of the projects will get a subsidy of Rs 2.5 lakh for each EWS buyer that will be jointly shared by the Centre (Rs 1.5 lakh) and State(Rs 1 lakh). Experts said that two projects that will be carried out by City and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (CIDCO) will be in great demand considering the project location at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. The CIDCO has been assigned to construct More than 15, 000 affordable houses under PMAY scheme.