Scheme launched for providing Affordable Rental Housing Complexes
Two dozen states and UTs have come on board to implement the scheme for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs), aimed at providing affordable rental accommodation to the working class in cities and towns. The housing and urban affairs ministry on Wednesday launched a portal for implementation and getting updated progress of the scheme.
Officials said that now the municipal bodies can float Expression of Interest from private players who are keen to maintain and manage the vacant housing complexes built with the government and rent them out at a rate to be fixed by the respective authorities. Launching the portal, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the government is extending many incentives, including 50% free floor space index, concessional project finance and free-of-cost trunk infrastructure facilities to push participation in scheme for urban poor and migrants. He said, “I’ll personally write to CMs of states that are yet to sign it.”
The scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban has been taken up to provide dignified and affordable living spaces to varied groups of urban migrants and poor including industrial & construction workers, migrants working with market associations, educational and health institutions, hospitality sector, long term tourists or visitors and students.
Incentives and benefits including free floor area ratio, concessional project finance, trunk infrastructure facilities free of cost will be a part of the Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) for urban migrants and poor, union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.
Puri launched a portal for the scheme and released the guidelines and guidebook. The scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban has been taken up to provide dignified and affordable living spaces to varied groups of urban migrants and poor including industrial & construction workers, migrants working with market associations, educational and health institutions, hospitality sector, long term tourists or visitors and students.
“To make this a lucrative and viable business opportunity for entities, central government will provide concessional project finance under affordable housing fund & priority sector lending, exemption in Income Tax and GST and Technology Innovation Grant for promotion of innovative technologies in ARHCs. Further, State/UT Govt. will provide Use Permission changes, 50% additional FAR/FSI free of cost, Single Window Approval within 30 days, Trunk Infrastructure facility and Municipal charges at par with residential property,” a statement by the ministry said.
The scheme was announced by the central government in May, received approval from the cabinet in July. This comes at a time when the extended lockdown to control the spread of covid-19 saw a large number of migrant workers head back to their villages. The scheme aims to target more than 350,000 beneficiaries.
“We already have 24 states on board. I will be writing a letter of appreciation to these states for coming on board so quickly for this scheme. The implementation of this scheme has been accelerated due to the covid-19 crisis,” Puri said, while addressing a digital press conference.
Further details are available at AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING COMPLEXES (ARHCs) – Government of India
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