Delhi to host National Conference of Housing/Urban Development Ministers tomorrow

January 19th, 2009 - 6:39 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja will inaugurate a National Conference of Ministers of Housing/Urban Development and Municipal Administration here tomorrow.
The Ministry is organising a conference in order to discuss and deliberate the revival of the state housing boards, cooperative and group housing construction and also the issue of making available land for housing at affordable prices.
The National Urban Housing and Habitat Policy, 2007 (NUHHP) adopts the goal of affordable housing for all, and seeks to promote multiple schemes and private-public partnerships in order to achieve it.
Between the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) effort and state sector schemes in some states, it is estimated that about two million houses may be constructed for the economically weaker sections of the populace by the end of the 11th Plan.
Given the housing shortage in the country, 98 per cent of which is in the EWS and LIG segment, it is estimated that 26.53 million houses would be required by the end of the 11th Plan. It is thus clear that much greater effort and a much larger programme for housing construction is required.
The high economic growth rate of the last few years has enabled the Central Government, in partnership with the State Governments and urban local bodies, to take up social housing under the (JNNURM).
Against the target of 1.5 million houses countrywide, projects for 1.2 million have been sanctioned, and an unprecedented Rs.23,000 crores already dedicated for house building and provision of basic municipal amenities to the urban poor.
The shortage of housing hits mainly the economically weak, low and even middle income groups. While states have started on a social housing programme, the magnitude of shortage - 26.53 million at the end of the Eleventh Plan - calls for a wider range of strategies and a much larger effort.
The Ministry has taken up the matter with states for making land available for affordable housing and reviving the state housing boards, which would contribute strongly towards revival of the economy, and in the process meet a felt need of the people. (ANI)

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