He was speaking on Thursday at a function organised by the rural development department at Y B Chavan Centre to felicitate officials who had successfully implemented the PMAY scheme in Maharashtra. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Rural Development Minister Girish Mahajan were also present on the occasion.
Fadnavis said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to inaugurate five lakh homes that will be ready by March. “PMAY (Rural) has been doing a fantastic job to achieve the targets set for it. The target that was set was to build 10.5 lakh homes. In earlier years Maharashtra was number 1 in completing projects, later it fell notches in ranking. A review by our government showed encroachments, non-availability of plots as reasons for the delay. We then framed a new policy regularising encroachments, making land available…,” he said.
He exhorted district administrations to ensure sand (six brass) as mandated in the policy is readily made available for homes to be built under the PMAY scheme.
A new target of 3.5 lakh homes has been set under Awaas plus which covers people who did not make it to the PMAY list. Fadnavis said there are still those who are not covered under any housing scheme. Fadnavis said the state will frame a new policy to ensure that Maharashtra is the first state that is free of homeless people.
Shinde said the government was of ordinary people and it was working to fulfil the dreams of the ordinary people.
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