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New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) or PMAY-G on November 20, 2016, from Agra, Uttar Pradesh.  Using a variety of designs vetted by technical institutions, local materials and trained masons, carefully selected beneficiaries, who were homeless or living in 0,1,2, kuchcha room with kuchcha roof and kuchcha walls, are building the finest quality homes with the enhanced unit cost of nearly Rs. 1.5 lakh through convergence.

In partnership with the state governments, the challenge of completing 51 lakh Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) homes by March, 2018, is appearing possible.  Already over 33 lakh houses are at different levels of construction and the remaining 18 lakh are also in the process of starting  work after due approvals, according to a PIB release.  On an average, a house is taking 4 to 8 months after actual physical start of work compared to 1 to 3 years in the past.

So far, nearly 55,000 houses are already completed and approximately 10 lakhs are at the advanced stages of completion.  States like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha and Jharkhand have done very well.  Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Assam have been requested to further speed up the pace of construction.  These are the major states that account for 85% of the need based construction of houses for deprived households, said the PIB release.

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