Affordable housing: State Govt endeavours to create awareness, slum-dwellers fail to realise

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jun 2018 10:03:17


Staff Reporter,

NMC almost completes validation of applications, appeals people to approach on their own for getting the documents verified

NIT, MHADA try to complete construction by October,

Roughly thousands of houses to be ready for possession

Maharashtra Government has endeavoured to bring awareness about various schemes of affordable housing under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) but the response from slum-dwellers continues to be lukewarm. The Government, under PMAY, has planned to give pukka houses to slum-dwellers free of cost.

In fact, according to Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust Ashwin Mudgal, around 4,800 houses will be ready for possession by October 2018. MHADA also is constructing over 3,000 houses which will be handed over to eligible citizens by December 2018.

In Nagpur, three agencies-- Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Maharashtra Housing and Development Authorities (MHADA) and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) are implementing the schemes under the PMAY.MHADA is nodal agency, while maximum houses are to be built by NIT and the work of receipt of applications, verification of them is being done by NMC.

NMC tried its best to create awareness about affordable housing schemes. It admitted that even after the hectic efforts, slum-dwellers did not respond fully.
An officer in NMC, on the condition of anonymity, said that the civic body conducted a survey in 2016, accordingly did aggressive advertisements, promotion vehicles made rounds of slums and other areas, temporary offices were set up in all 10 zones where the executives informed citizens about various schemes being run by the Government.

An agency, All India Institute of Local Self-Governance hired by NMC for validation. The agency completed validation of 1,000 applications and appealed to people to approach fast for validation so that the process would be completed speedily.

NMC checked 11,000 forms. Necessary process is still on.
It may be noted that NMC received total 72,000 applications out of which 42,000 were submitted by citizens at NMC’s Katol Road office.
According to NMC officer, roughly 50,000 houses are to be constructed in Nagpur.

When asked for his comments, Ashwin Mudgal told The Hitavada, “The response is good, people are still applying. We have identified land mostly in East Nagpur where construction of houses is underway. The houses would be ready by October.”

Actually there is a vertical construction plan for the houses to be given to slum-dwellers. For example, a slum is there on 3 acre land then a builder would be given to develop it. It is expected to build about 200 houses on one acre land. The remaining 2 acre land would be used by him where he would build the houses to be sold out on private basis.
There are other schemes where even the middle class citizens can apply. Banks will give subsidy on the loan interest amount to the tune 6.5%.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis told The Hitavada, “I want to appeal people to get well-built houses at minimum cost. This has never happened in the past. As per our promises, we have prioritised PMAY. Constructing house is every family’s dream and we are ready to make that dream come true.”