New Delhi: The central government on Thursday sanctioned construction of 86,179 houses for poor people in urban areas of seven states at a total investment of Rs 4,976 crore, an official statement said.

An inter-ministerial central sanctioning and monitoring committee chaired by Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Secretary Nandita Chatterjee approved the proposals received from the seven states after detailed discussions with the respective states and after satisfying itself with availability of land for the proposed projects, the share of states and the beneficiaries.

The dwellings will be built in 163 cities in these 7 states.

Out of total investment of Rs 4,976 crore, the ministry will provide total central assistance of Rs 1,226 crore. About Rs 1.50 lakh will be invested for each house to be built for the benefit of urban poor under the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (Urban).

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Of the total houses sanctioned under the government’s Housing for All initiative, 58,456 houses will be built under the ‘Beneficary Led Construction’ component. Under this, beneficiaries will build new houses on their own land with assistance from central and state governments.

Another 23,301 houses will be built under ‘Affordable Housing in Partnership’ component under which state governments will provide land and the central government gives an assistance of Rs.1.50 lakh per each beneficiary.

West Bengal has been sanctioned a total of 27,830 houses in 38 cities, followed by Telangana with 22,817 in 45 cities, Bihar with 13,315 in 40 cities, Mizoram with 8,922 in 6 cities, Rajasthan with 6,052 in 9 cities, Jharkhand with 2,337 in 24 cities and Uttarakhand with 484 in Dehradun.

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