2.45 lakh vacant houses mock at Modi government’s housing for all dream

(Modi’s home state Gujarat,…)

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government may have moved in to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll promise of “Housing for All” by 2022, but there are 2.45 lakh constructed houses lying vacant all over India. Modi’s home state Gujarat, BJP-ruled Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh are the top 5 states that account for almost 70% of the vacant low-cost houses.

The low-cost houses have been constructed under different urban housing schemes sanctioned under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY). The latest statistics of the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation reveal that under the two major schemes, 14 lakh low-cost houses were sanctioned but only 8 lakh could be built by the state governments.

Of this number, 2.45 lakh houses have found no takers. The ministry has merged all the housing schemes – JNNURM, RAY)– underoneumbrellato launch Modi’s pet initiative, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Housing for All). Under the new scheme, the government aims to build 2 crore low-cost houses, which would include 14 lakh slum redevelopment dwellings.

The most number of low-cost houses are vacant in Maharashtra (52,966), followed by Gujarat (29,126), Delhi (26,759), Madhya Pradesh (26,004) and Andhra Pradesh (23,688). The ministry has been regularly holding follow-up meetings with the states to encourage them to clear the backlog of allotting vacant houses.