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Bid to push Central Govt urban housing schemes

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 28 - A workshop on future housing in urban Assam was today organised at ITA Machkhowa here.

The aim of the workshop was to create awareness about the credit-linked subsidy scheme and affordable housing projects of the Central government. Due to lack of awareness, the Central government housing schemes in the State have been progressing at a snail�s pace.

Project directors of all districts, executive officers and chairpersons of all urban local bodies, chairpersons of development authorities, staff of PMAYU of all districts and beneficiaries of PMAYU were among the participants. Four beneficiaries were given letters of appreciation by Town & Country Planning Minister Atul Bora.

It may be mentioned that 57,154 beneficiaries of the State were given approval by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, out of which 30,000 beneficiary houses are under construction. Construction of more than 19,000 houses is at roof level and 10,000 houses will be completed by June, an official source said.

CEO of State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) Atul Sing Chauhan described the housing policy of Uttar Pradesh and how it can be adopted by the Assam government.

The chairmen of urban local bodies also participated in the deliberation and lamented the lackadaisical approach of banks.

The participants also demanded increase in the State government share in the beneficiary-led construction (BLC) from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

�We intend to tap CLSS potential for the entire State. We could now make a roadmap as to how to involve banks for CLSS. Converting existing loans of beneficiaries into CLSS will be an immediate objective,� PMAYU Mission Director Suvashis Das said, adding that the State would study the affordable housing policy of UP and might adopt it after some changes suggested by stakeholders.

Regional Manager of HUDCO Kalyanmay Chanda, Ratan Das from HDFC Bank and Bimal Rath from National Housing Bank were among the 300 participants.

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