The UP government started construction of over 8 lakh houses under the PM Awas Yojana (Rural) shortly after the project received approval from the Union ministry of rural development on Tuesday.
Immediately after the decision, chief minister Yogi Adityanath conveyed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ministry of rural development through Twitter.
A top state rural development department said that the Centre’s sanction has arrived after continuous efforts by the CM.
The Centre has approved Rs 10,000 crore for the construction of houses under the scheme, on the basis of a proposal submitted by the UP Government. The houses are expected to be ready by March 2024.
A government spokesperson said that till now, 27 lakh houses have been built in the state under PMAY (Rural). With the approval of over 8 lakh new houses, he said, UP would have over 35 lakh houses built under the scheme in rural areas.
“The CM had written to the Centre, demanding 8,62,767 new houses in rural areas under PMAY(Rural). Around 27 lakh houses have been built in the state under this scheme in the last five and a half years. Out of these, 26 lakh have been handed over to the beneficiaries. Out of the national target of 2.95 crore houses to be provided in India under this scheme, 35 lakh houses will be constructed in UP,” he said.