Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ajay Maken today said that his ministry was in the process of formulating a single window system for clearance of real estate projects throughout the country.
Addressing the National Editors' Conference here, Maken informed that Ministry had set up a committee under the Chairmanship of Dhanendra Kumar for 'Streamlining Approval Procedures for Real Estate Projects' (SAPREP). The committee had since submitted its report and the Ministry was in the process of formulating a single window system for clearance of real estate projects throughout the country, which was expected to bring down average approval time from 196 days to 45-60 days."
He further informed that the Government had sanctioned projects worth Rs 41723 crores for building of 15,69,000 houses/dwelling units for economically weaker/lower income group sections under the Ministry's flagship JnNURM (BSUP and ISHDP) programmes.
Similarly under the Pilot phase of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), in the 195 identified beneficiaries cities Rs 100 crores had been released for undertaking the finalisation of slum free city plans. 40 Projects worth Rs 1769 crores for construction of 32517 dwelling units in 33 cities had been sanctioned till the 10th March 2013, Maken informed.
Informing about the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) of the Ministry, Maken apprised that during the XI Five Year Plan, a total expenditure of 2691 crores was made, 27.37 lakhs of beneficiaries had been provided Skill Training and 12.76 lakh of individuals were assisted for self-employment and also 6.29 lakh women beneficiaries were assisted for setting up of group enterprises.
"For the year 2012-13, as on 22nd March 2013, Rs 685.62 crores have been released to States and so far 3.23 lakhs of beneficiaries have been provided Skill Training and 53329 individuals were assisted for self-employment and also 29107 women beneficiaries were assisted for setting up of group enterprises," he added.
Elaborating further, Maken said that in order to have a mission mode approach to Urban Livelihood, the Ministry will launch a National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) during 2013-14, which will replace the existing SJSRY. Two new Schemes namely, Support to Urban Street Vendors and Shelter for Urban Homeless has incorporated in NULM.
"The targets for skill training under NULM will be 4.0 million during the XII Plan period. It is also proposed to construct 1600 shelters for urban homeless during the XII Plan period. As far as 2013-14 is concerned, it is proposed to provide skill training to 4 lakh urban poor beneficiaries and to construct 200 shelters for urban homeless," he added.
Speaking about the Urban Housing Fund, recently declared by the Finance Minister in his budget speech, Maken informed that a separate fund of Rs 2000 crores, to be administered by the National Housing Bank had been envisaged to support financing and credit to affordable housing sector.
"With an aim of benefitting the Economically Weaker and Lower Income Group segments which were not benefitting under the current priority sector lending limit of Rs 25 lakhs, the Ministry had decided to limit the loan amount to Rs 8 lakhs and the cost of dwelling units to Rs 12/15 lakhs," he added. (ANI)