GUWAHATI, June 4 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) will start a demand survey in the city from June 12 as part of the �Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) � Housing for All� mission. The PMAY(U) is an ambitious mission of the Central Government to provide pucca houses to all by the year 2022.
In Assam, it will cover all the 97 Urban Local Bodies (ULB). The ULBs comprise the GMC, Municipality Boards and Town Committees.
In Assam, the mission envisages to provide pucca houses to approximately two lakh families.
A comprehensive awareness drive has been undertaken in all the ULB areas.
The demand survey to obtain the data of the families residing in ULBs and planning areas without a pucca house has already started in 96 ULB areas barring GMC.
The demand survey form is being distributed for the purpose. In Guwahati, GMC will start the demand survey from June 12 onwards.
�This is the first comprehensive government scheme in the post-Independence era that offers housing to such a wide range of income groups. Houses will be provided in four tailor-made verticals under the mission. They are In-situ Slum Redevelopment (ISSR), Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP), and Beneficiary Led Construction and Enhancement (BLC/BLE) of the dwelling unit,� said an official statement.
The mission primarily focuses on providing pucca houses to the economically weaker sections of society whose monthly income is less than Rs 25,000. These families are entitled to a 30 square metre house with all basic amenities like pure drinking water, sanitary toilets and electricity.
�A large section of the Assam urban populace resides in rented places and do not possess any land or house of their own. If such families have a monthly income of less than Rs 25,000, then they can avail benefits under the AHP vertical. There is another section of urban population who owns a plot of myadi land in municipal ward areas but has not been able to build a pucca house or have an inadequate pucca house of less than 21 square metre because of financial constraints. In such cases, it is now possible for the families to have a pucca house or enhance the inadequate pucca house under the BLC/BLE vertical with government subsidy,� it said.
Those families with monthly income up to Rs 1.5 lakh and planning to buy houses with bank loans can get the benefits of interest subsidy by Central Government if they avail benefits under the CLSS vertical under PMAY(U).
�The dynamic structure of the Yojana encompasses people of all income groups and makes them dream of an affordable pucca house,� said State Mission Director of PMAY(U) Dr Jeevan B.
He added that the entire process of demand survey, from form distribution to form submission, is absolutely free of cost at every stage and the procedure is absolutely hassle free.
�Families with less than Rs 25,000 monthly income need not produce any income proof certificate. Under the Mission, a �family� is defined as husband, wife and unmarried children, and only those families who do not own any pucca house anywhere in India can avail the benefits of PMAY(U),� he said.
He urged every family to participate in the demand survey process to meet the adage �Housing for All� in the real sense of the term.
Demand survey forms can be obtained from the ULBs, mission website www.pmayuassam.in and the Android mobile application �PMAY-U Assam� downloadable from the �Google Playstore�.