The decision was taken in the 57th meeting of Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) chaired by Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in New Delhi.
Total number of sanctioned houses under the mission is now 1.14 crore; of which around 91 lakh have been grounded for construction and more than 53 lakh have been completed and delivered to the beneficiaries. The total investment under the mission is Rs 7.52 lakh crore, with central assistance of Rs 1.85 lakh crore. So far, central assistance amounting to Rs 1.14 lakh crore has already been released.
The committee also reviewed the progress of implementation of PMAY-U in other states.
Mishra directed the state/UT officials to expedite construction of houses in their respective areas. He said that grounding should be the first responsibility of the states/UTs, followed by focus on 100% completion of grounded houses. States/UTs should also declare saturation of demand city by city.
Housing secretary also reviewed the progress of Light House Projects (LHPs) in Chennai, Indore, Rajkot, Ranchi, Agartala and Lucknow. He directed the officials to complete the construction work within the stipulated time period.
He urged the LHP states to promote LHP technologies for their further replication in Indian context. He also directed the state officials to encourage students, professionals and other stakeholders to enrol as Technograhis so that more people could learn the use of these technologies. He requested all States/UTs to visit the LHP sites and study about it. Engineers, urban planners should be trained through the Technograhi module.
At the CSMC meeting, approval for construction of Demonstration Housing Projects (DHPs) at Dimapur in Nagaland and Kot Bhalwal in Jammu was also accorded. Both the projects will be built using new/alternate technologies under Technology Sub-Mission component of PMAY-U.
DHPs are model housing projects that showcase field level application of the technology and are also used as a platform to impart on-site orientation, training to practitioners and students in the housing sector. So far, six DHPs have been completed and four are being constructed in different parts of the country.