By Accommodation Times News Service
In order to increase affordable housing stock, as part of the preventive strategy, Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) is implemented as part of the Rajiv Awas Yojana scheme. It is implemented by the States/UTs through partnership with private sector or public sector including parastatal bodies like housing boards, municipal bodies. This was stated by Dr. (Ms.) Girija Vyas, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA).
The Minister further stated that the scheme provides Rs 75,000 of actual grant assistance per EWS/LIG dwelling unit of up to 40 sq.m size for housing and internal development components with an objective to encourage private sector participation in affordable housing. A project must build at least 250 dwelling units to avail benefits under the scheme. The DUs can be a mix of EWS/LIG-A/LIG-B/Higher Categories/Commercial of which at least 60 percent of the FAR/ FSI should be used for dwelling units of carpet area of not more than 60 sqm to avail benefit under AHP. In addition, 35 percent of the total number of dwelling units constructed should be of carpet area 21-27 sqm for EWS category.
The Minister further stated that Out of Rs. 35,810crore for 12th Five Year Plan for RAY, Rs. 2500crore has been allocated for AHP Scheme. AHP is a demand driven scheme and progress depends on the commitment of States to mobilize technical and financial resources of both public and private sector, the Minister added.