20,000 from Kolhapur apply for Centre’s housing scheme
KOLHAPUR: The civic body has received over 20,000 applications from citizens for the Centre’s ‘Housing for All by 2022’ scheme over the last one month.
The Centre floated the scheme called the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) also known as Housing for All by 2022 scheme after scrapping the previous government’s Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY).
The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) received tremendous response from people without homes of their own, which comprised 80% of the applications. The KMC set a target of 10,000 homes to be constructed under the scheme over the next five years.
Prasad Sankpal, the civic body’s PMAY coordinator, said, “The Centre will provide houses to slum-dwellers living on rent and those who own land but don’t have a house. We have drafted a detailed project report (DPR) for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers from the Kapoor Vasahat area. It will be sent to the state for initial approvals. We are also scrutinizing applications made by the homeless and have given a one-month extension to the application deadline for the scheme.”
Two years ago, the civic body had sent the DPRs for the two slums under the then RAY scheme. The Centre has changed the housing scheme‘s basic funding pattern.
It has stressed on involvement of private developers to undertake housing projects. The earlier scheme was based on shared finance pattern, which meant that the Centre had to share 50% project costs and the state and civic body had to bear the rest of the amount equally.
Sankpal said that the basic fundamentals of the slum rehabilitation and the process are quite similar to the earlier scheme. “For instance, we are done with the socio-economic survey of slums when RAY was under implementation, but the exercise is not needed for PMAY. Currently, we have undertaken the work of drafting a plan of action which is slum-free. This will enable us to understand the civic body’s potential to cater to housing needs. Primary estimates indicate that there is a scope to construct at least 10,000 housing units once the Centre clears the slum DPRs,” he said.
The huge number of applications shows the response of the people towards the scheme. However, of 20,000 applications, the KMC has only cleared 150 owing to flaws in the applications.
“Guidelines state that the beneficiary needs to provide documents of residence procured from the tehsildar’s office, but this is found to be missing in most of applications. We will clear all applications and list the names of beneficiaries in the next two months,” Sankpal said.
The action plan will include data on the availability of land space to construct housing projects, population, details of phases, cost estimates, affordability study and slum rehabilitation information.
The civic body has decided to undertake the ward-wise awareness camp and use the media tools to propagate the scheme details.
Beneficiary categories for Housing for all by 2022
*Slum rehabilitation of with participation of private developers
*Promotion of affordable housing for weaker section through credit linked subsidy
*Affordable housing by granting loans
*Subsidy for beneficiary-led individual house construction or enhancement
*Income certificate from Tehsildar office