Citing higher construction cost in the hills, the Uttarakhand government has urged the Union government to increase the Centre’s share of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Housing for All (Urban) scheme.
Currently, beneficiaries from economically weaker sections and the lower income group get a financial assistance of up to ₹1.50 lakh and ₹50,000 from central and state governments under the scheme for constructing houses.
Through the move, the state government, which is battling a debt of over ₹45,000 crore, is hoping to speed up the Centre’s flagship project that aims to provide housing facility to all the poor families by 2022.
Recently, urban development minister Madan Kaushik had announced that Uttarakhand set a target to become the first state to complete the scheme well before 2022.
“Due to difficult terrain, construction cost goes up in the hills drastically as compared to the plains. Since Uttarakhand is predominantly a hill state, we sought an increase in the Centre’s share from ₹1.50 lakh to ₹2.50 lakh per unit,” Kaushik, who met Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu recently, told Hindustan Times.
The increase was sought for the beneficiary-led construction (BLC) and affordable housing in partnership (AHP) components of the scheme, he added.
Uttarakhand has also requested the Centre to increase its share from ₹4,000 to ₹12,000 per unit for construction of individual toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission and increase the centre-state ratio from 40:60 to 90:10 for the construction of community toilets.
“We have also sought release of an additional central share ₹427 crore for AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme and a special package for local bodies of Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri – which receive a sizeable tourist influx during the Chardham Yatra,” urban development minister Kaushik said.