Bhopal, Oct 5 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh Government has approved 'Housing and Environment Policy - 2007' in a bid to involve participation from private and corporate sectors to meet the requirement of social housing in the state.
Under the newly-approved policy, government land would be made available to construction agencies at concessional rates for development of low-height and low-density habitations in a radius of 30 km to reduce pressure of population in big cities.
The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here yesterday.
The government had introduced housing policy in 1995 to provide houses to homeless people.
Since then, in view of lack of encouragement to rental house construction and stringent Rent Control Act, housing problem in urban areas had worsened.
Though private and corporate sectors made huge capital investment for construction of houses and township, need was felt to amend the 'Housing Policy - 1995' in view of rapid urbanisation and ever increasing urban population.
On the basis of a BPL survey and other preliminary survey, shortage of houses has been estimated at 17 lakh in 2007. Of these, shortage of 10 lakh houses was estimated in rural areas.