36 housing projects for Maharashtra's poor approved

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New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has approved 35 projects under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) and 36 projects under the Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) for Maharashtra so far.

Under the IHSDP, 31127 new houses will be constructed at a total cost of Rs 398.44 crore. Out of this, the central share of Rs 302.64 crore and state share of Rs 95.80 crore have been approved.

The first installment of 50 per cent of the central share has been released.

Under the BSUP, projects amounting to Rs 4135.48 crore have been approved to construct 98,625 new dwelling units in the five mission cities in the State .

The Central share is Rs Rs 1932.11 crore and State share Rs 203.36 crore.

The total Additional Central Assistance of Rs 473.17 crore has also been released by the Ministry of Finance.

The Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in December 2005 for urban slum dwellers.

The existing Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana (VAMBAY) and the discontinued National Slum Development Programme (NSDP) are subsumed in the IHSDP for holistic slum development.

The programme covers all the towns except the 63 mission towns/cities covered under the Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) The BSUP scheme was launched by the Prime Minister in December 2005 for the urban slum dwellers residing in dilapidated conditions in the identified 63 mission cities.

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