New Delhi: Pursuing the goal of ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, the government proposes to build more than 20 million houses across the country, including for slum-dwellers, under a massive programme to which final shape was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Under the programme which will involve private participation, 0.6 million houses will be built in Delhi, 1.6 million in Mumbai and 0.4 million each in Chennai and Kolkata, a PMO statement said, adding these figures may go up after the demand assessment is completed.
The programme will begin with a baseline survey to assess the demand for such housing and identify resource requirements amid the Prime Minister’s instruction that first priority should be to towns and cities along the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries.
“The programme proposes to build two crore houses across the nation by 2022. This would cover both slum housing and affordable housing for weaker sections. It will cover urban poor living in slums, urban homeless and new migrants to urban areas in search of shelter. It would cover metros, small towns and all urban areas,” the statement said.
The government has set the goal of ‘Housing for All’ with water connection, toilet facilities and electricity to be achieved by 2022, by when the nation will complete 75 years of its Independence.
“The meeting was to finalise the contours of the ‘Housing for All’ mission, which is one of the priority commitments of the government,” it said. As a large portion of the programme is to be financed in a PPP (public–private partnership) mode by leveraging land and other resources in urban areas, the Prime Minister directed all the departments concerned to immediately finalize the financing models.