Centre to grant Rs 6,000 cr under Rajiv Awas Yojna
The pilot project envisages construction of over two lakh housing units with all basic infrastructures across the country.
New Delhi: Aiming at making cities slum-free across the country, the Centre will soon announce a Rs 6,000 crore grant for construction of over two lakh houses under the Rajiv Awas Yojna as a pilot project.
The pilot project envisages construction of over two lakh housing units with all basic infrastructures across the country. Each unit, estimated to cost about Rs 3 lakh, will consist of two rooms, kitchen, bathroom and a lavatory, along with electricity and water facilities.
"The Rs 6,000 crore grant for construction of houses with all basic amenities under the Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY) as a pilot project will be announced after the cabinet approval shortly," a senior Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) Ministry official said.
Launched in June 2009, RAY -- a flagship programme of the UPA-II -- is meant to make India slum-free.
"It took almost two years to prepare the scheme after the announcement of the RAY. Now the implementation stage has come," the official said.
There is a shortage of 25 million housing units in the country and the government intends to construct about 10 million houses under the RAY. GIS mapping has been done to identify slums in cities.
"The sanction of Rs 6,000 crore for RAY is being announced in the last year of 11th Five Year Plan. More grant would follow in the 12th Five Year Plan," the official said.
As per the scheme, 50 percent of the cost of construction would be borne by the Centre and the rest would be borne by the state government, the urban local body and the beneficiary.
In order to avail of the central grant, the state government has to pass the Properties Rights Act or to undertake the commitment to legislate it within a year.
"We have prepared a model Properties Rights Act and it would be given to all states to adopt it. The legislation will facilitate the slum dwellers to avail loans from bank," he said.
The grant under RAY will be given in four instalments after receiving the detailed project reports from the state governments. Besides the state government, urban local bodies and NGOs will be involved in implementations of the scheme.