Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) will achieve its target two years before its 2022 deadline.
In every three months several housing projects are being sanctioned and execution of projects under PMAY are excellent. The 'Housing for All' mission would be achieved by third quarter of 2020 instead of 2022, the Minister said.
The Minister said: "There is a good response from the states and Union Territories and nearly two-three lakh houses are being sanctioned every month. The target is to cater to the demand of housing shortages of nearly 1.2 crore in the country and make housing available to all."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier announced houses to all households across the country under the "Housing for All" mission by 2022, when the country will celebrate its 75th anniversary of Independence.
After reviewing the implementations of the five flagship programmes of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry in the eight northeastern states, Puri said more than 2.3 lakh houses have been sanctioned for the urban poor under the PMAY (Urban) in the northeastern states during the past four years.
He said 12 towns of northeastern states have been included in the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation for Urban Transformation for providing water taps to all urban households, besides improving water supply to the normative level of 135 litres per capita per day, expanding sewerage and drainage networks, promoting non-motorised transport and development of open spaces in mission cities.
The Minister said that 10 cities were selected to implement the Smart City Mission. Rs 1,024 crore worth of Central assistance has been released to northeastern states under the Smart City Mission so far.
"Namchi city in Sikkim has made tremendous progress under the Smart City project," he stated.
Nagaland is the first northeast state which has become Open Defecation Free (ODF). Assam, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh will achieve ODF status by December and the remaining northeastern states would achieve ODF within the next two months, Puri added.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who was also present in the review meeting, said the state government has sought Rs 400 crore loan from the Asian Development Bank to implement the Smart City project.
(With inputs from agencies.)