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PM’s housing budget increased by 66% in Ghaziabad but not a single beneficiary has taken possession



Ghaziabad: In Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, the central budget allocation for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has been increased by 66% this time to Rs 79,000 crore but the progress of PM housing construction in the district is very slow. So far, no beneficiary has taken possession of the apartment. Apart from GDA in the district, apartments are being built by private developers under the leadership of Prime Minister Awas Yojana.

Please inform that since 2018 possession of residential apartments has not been given under the scheme. According to GDA officials, GDA is building 3550 apartments while 6150 apartments are being built by private developers. The GDA has begun to crack down on private developers who fail to speed up construction work. Work is underway in many places and construction has not yet started in many places. Some project deadlines have been extended. It may be known that earlier the government set a target of constructing 36,000 apartments for Ghaziabad under the scheme, which was to be completed by 2022. Considering the financial problem, it was reduced to 10850.

This is the problem
According to officials, the speed of the project sometimes slows down due to the delay in state and central government subsidies. Apart from this, the awarding process is also affected due to the very slow process of verifying beneficiary documents. The GDA has assigned some buildings of PM Awas Yojana being constructed by itself and private developers, but so far possession has not been given to anyone. Ownership of 856 Madhuban Bapudham Residential Scheme buildings becomes likely.

simplified verification process
The National Urban Development Agency (SUDA) has been tasked with verifying the eligibility criteria of beneficiaries but this is taking a long time due to lack of staff. The heaviness of the process delays the project. CREDAI’s national vice-president, Manoj Gaur, says the verification process should be simple. So that the allocation can be done quickly. For this, a letter was written to the government by CREDAI.

An error occurred while verifying
In 2020, there was a case of disruption in Prime Minister Awas Yojana’s verification process. CBI is investigating this case. For this reason, there is no negligence in verification. The applicants had manipulated their financial information to obtain apartments from Prime Minister Awas Yojana.

Here’s how to pay
In February 2021, the cost of PM Awas Yojana buildings increased from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh. The central government share is Rs 2.5 lakh while the state government share is Rs 1 lakh while the beneficiary will have to bear Rs 2.5 lakh. The state and the central government release the money in several installments, 25% to be paid initially, 25% at the time of laying the plinth, 25% after the completion of the waterproofing works and 25% after the completion of the works.