Ministry of HUPA to promote regional planning to meet urban “Housing Demand”

venkaiah naiduBy Accommodation Times News Services

Minister of State for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Urban Development Shri Babul Supriyo has said that the Government will promote regional planning by moving beyond city-centric planning for construction of houses in satellite townships, peri-urban and peripheral areas to meet the housing demand in urban areas. He inaugurated an international workshop on “Human Settlements-Planning and Design : A Shared Understanding” here today.

Shri Supriyo said that the Government is committed to ensure housing for urban poor by 2022 and further observed that “the government while acknowledging problems in urban areas is striving to solve them in an integrated and goal centric manner”. The Minister stressed the need to assist the poor even in remote and far off places in planning , design and construction of safe and resilient houses.

Shri Supriyo referred to various initiatives launched by the Government to address infrastructure bottlenecks and housing shortage in urban areas.

Dr.Nandita Chatterjee, Secretary (HUPA) said that “ the Ministry is close to finalizing a pro-acive, practical and pragmatic Rental Housing Policy keeping in view that 27% of the housing demand is for such rental housing”. She emphasized on the need for effective planning and design so as to meet the housing needs of all sections of the people in the context of rising costs of land, labour and availability of materials.

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