12.84 lakh affordable houses sanctioned as against 12.40 lakh under JNNURM

venkaiah naiduBy Accommodation Times News Services

PIB Release : Central Government today announced that it has so far approved construction of 12,83,616 affordable houses for urban poor in 2,329 cities and towns crossing the 12,40,968 mark approved under the ten years of Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Making the announcement at a media conference here today, Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that his ministry today cleared construction of 1,97,402 housed for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban) in seven States and there by crossing the JNNURM mark in a very short period.

Shri Naidu further asserted  that this speed, scale and spread of reaching out to urban poor  in a short time since the launch of PMAY(Urban) in June last year is an evidence of “Government with a difference”  and it  “speaks volumes about the sense of urgency that this Government is according to make a difference to urban sector, which is the need of the hour”.

The Minister elaborated that this speedy performance was made possible by a paradigm shift in the approach to urban development including housing by empowering the State and city governments to formulate, evaluate and approve projects unlike in the past when every project report was assessed and approved by the Ministry resulting in huge delays in implementation. Also, enhanced scale of central assistance, awareness campaign resulting in increased demand, inclusion of new components covering a wide range of urban poor helped in quick approvals, Shri Naidu said.

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