Shortage of Houses

By Accommodation Times Bureau

The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that a Technical Group constituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has estimated urban housing shortage as 24.67 million households for Economically Weaker Section (EWS)/Lower Income Group (LIG) category at the beginning of 11th Plan.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, State-wise details of houses sanctioned for the urban poor and the Central share sanctioned and spent through release of Additional Central Assistance under the Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) – components of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) during each of the last three years and the current year are at Annexure-I and Annexure-II respectively.

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She said, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has no component of interest subsidy under IHSDP. However, the ceiling cost for a dwelling unit was increased from Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 1,00,000under IHSDP with effect from 1.4.2008.

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