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Cabinet clears affordable rental housing for urban migrants

9th July, 2020 Polity

Key Points on the Rental Housing Scheme:

- Sub-scheme of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban.

- About 1.03 lakh completed government-funded houses across cities that were yet to be allotted to beneficiaries under existing schemes would be converted into the rental housing complexes.

Working of the Scheme:

- The vacant housing complexes would be converted through 25-year concession agreements.

- The concessionaire would repair or retrofit the homes, maintain the rooms and address any pending infrastructure needs like water, sewerage, roads etc.

- The States and Union Territories would invite bids to select concessionaires.

- The complexes would go back to the local body after 25 years.

Special Incentives:

- Special incentives like use permission, 50% additional FAR/FSI [floor area ratio and floor space index], concessional loan at priority sector lending rate, tax reliefs at par with affordable housing etc. will be offered to private/public entities to develop ARHCs on their own available vacant land for 25 years.

Targeted Beneficiaries

- Targeted beneficiaries of the scheme would be workers who come from rural areas or towns to work in manufacturing, hospitality, health, construction, etc.

- Approximately, 3 lakh beneficiaries will be covered initially.

Envisaged Expenditure:                                             

- An expenditure of ₹600 crores is estimated in the form of technology innovation grant which will be released for projects using identified innovative technologies for construction.

Reference: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cabinet-nod-for-development-of-affordable-rental-housing-complexes-for-urban-migrants-poor/article32022523.ece