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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

PM Modi's ambitious plan: Two crore units to be built under 'Housing for All' programme...........

Pursuing the goal of 'Housing for All' by 2022, the government proposes to build more than two crore houses across the country, including for slum-dwellers, under a massive programme to which final shape was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi .
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Pursuing the goal of 'Housing for All' by 2022, the government proposes to build more than two crore houses across the country, including for slum-dwellers, under a massive programme to which final shape was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi .
Under the programme which will involve private participation, six lakh houses will be built in Delhi, 16 lakh in Mumbai and 4 lakh each in Chennai and Kolkata, a PMO statement said, adding these figures may go up after the demand assessment is completed.
The programme will begin with a baseline survey to assess the demand for such housing and identify resource requirements amid the Prime Minister's instruction that first priority should be to towns and cities along the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries.
"The programme proposes to build two crore houses across the nation by 2022. This would cover both slum housing and affordable housing for weaker sections. It will cover urban poor living in slums, urban homeless and new migrants to urban areas in search of shelter. It would cover metros, small towns and all urban areas," the statement said. The government has set the goal of 'Housing for All' with water connection, toilet facilities and electricity to be achieved by 2022, by when the nation will complete 75 years of its Independence.
"The meeting was to finalise the contours of the 'Housing for All' mission, which is one of the priority commitments of the government," it said.
As a large portion of the programme is to be financed in a PPP mode by leveraging land and other resources in urban areas, the Prime Minister directed all the departments concerned to immediately finalise the financing models.
The Bombay High Court asked Maharashtra government and the Centre to file replies within two weeks to a petition demanding a comprehensive programme to provide affordable housing in Mumbai. The public interest litigation, filed by Consumer Online Foundation, came up on Wednesday before the bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah.
The PIL wants the Centre, the Ministries of Commerce and Industry, Railways and Defence, Bombay Port Trust, Airports Authority of India, Salt Commissioner and Railway LandcDevelopment Authority to make available surplus lands in their possession for affordable housing. Also, in the meantime, the state and the Centre should not be allowed to dispose of salt pan lands for any purpose other than affordable housing, it says.
The petition cites the 2001 census, saying that the total homeless population in Mumbai is 7,78,599 and it needs low-cost houses. It also quotes the Town and Country Planning Organisation saying that upto 1,20,882 hectares of additional land will be required for low-cost housing.
The organisations which come under the union government, such as the Port Trust, have 20,000 acres of land, a third of the central Mumbai area, in their possession. The Ministry of Defence owns over 1,000 acres of prime land in south Mumbai and small areas in suburbs, the petitioner says. Similarly, Railways hold tracts of land in the suburbs along the tracks while the Airport Authority owns surplus land in the western suburbs. The Salt Commissioner has 200 hectares of salt pan land, mostly unused, it says. 

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