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Sunday, July 21, 2024

4 housing development bodies pulled up for delaying affordable homes

Four housing development authorities in the state have been pulled up for delaying the delivery of the affordable houses.

The authorities governing Hapur-Pilkhuwa, Unnao-Shuklaganj, Kanpur and Ghaziabad have been asked to expedite work on creating the housing units which have been approved by the central sanctioning and monitoring committee (CSMC).

A total of 3,542 housing units were to be constructed and sanction was granted under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana to start work on the buildings five years back.

Meant to resolve the problems of the poor families staying in the urban areas, out of the 3,542 only 624 units have been delivered so far.

With only 17.5% of the target achieved, the housing department sought a report on the current status of the projects from the development authorities.

Director, Awas Bandhu, Ravi Jain said that officials have been asked to expedite work and complete the projects at the earliest.

“The PMAY – urban scheme would only continue till December 31, 2024. The demand for affordable houses exists in all the four cities. But somehow the projects have remained stranded,” said a senior officer from the department.

Meanwhile, Prashant Tiwari, a resident of Khoda locality in Ghaziabad, said, “I want to shift to Raj Nagar extension and have applied for the PMAY scheme. Only some buildings have been completed in the affordable housing project and I have complained to various forums about the delay.”

The private developers who are executing the affordable housing projects in Ghaziabad, Kanpur and Hapur have been directed to hand over the sanctioned units within six months.

Sharing more details, the officer added that no work has started in Kanpur where 993 units have been sanctioned and so is the case with Ghaziabad where 873 units have to be commissioned.

Out of the 956 units in Hapur, only 164 have been readied while in Unnao among the 720 units, 612 have been completed.

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