Thiruvananthapuram: The new move from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs indicate that the Centre might provide a financial aid of Rs 37.18 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme to rebuild the houses damaged in Kerala during the floods that hit last year in August. The ministry has asked the director of Kudumbashree to submit a Detailed Project Plan (DPR) in this regard.
Under the jurisdiction of municipalities and corporations, 2479 houses were damaged during the natural calamity. Each house might get Rs 1.5 lakh from the Centre. The new financial aid by the Centre is apart from the previously provided aid.
Under the PMAY scheme only houses in the urban region are entitled to receive the aid. However, the state government had appealed for special permission to provide aid to rebuild the houses in rural areas also disregarding the standards of the scheme. In Kerala, 12,477 houses were damaged. The request for aid to the Centre was submitted by director of Kudumbashree as it is the nodal agency of ministry of housing and urban affairs in Kerala for housing schemes.
Under the PMAY scheme, a house gets Rs 4 lakh with the contributions from central, state governments and urban local bodies. Rs 4 lakh was comprised of the Central government’s Rs 1.5 lakh, state government’s Rs 50,000 and urban local body’s Rs 2 lakh. Considering the crucial situation of Kerala after floods, the state government had appealed to provide the entire amount by the Centre. However, it wasn’t approved. The ministry has assured to give Rs 1.5 lakh each as the DPR is submitted.
A house built under PMAY scheme was decided as 600 square feet. Kudumbashree has begun to prepare DPR of houses under each municipalities.
The ministry of housing and urban affairs has taken a stance that it cannot consider all the houses mentioned in the appeal given by Kerala. It is learnt that the ministry has explained that it can’t deviate from its standards. Thus, houses under grama panchayats won’t be eligible for the Centre’s aid.
Department of Co-operation will rebuild 2000 houses. Among this, houses that come under the jurisdiction of urban areas will get the Centre’s aid. Provision to ensure the dividends of the central, state governments and municipalities won’t be followed in the cases of rebuilding of houses damaged in floods.