NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) approved the construction of 56,368 homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) at the 53rd meeting of the Central Monitoring and Sanctions Committee held here Monday night. According to the Ministry of Housing, these homes are proposed to be built under various PMAY-U mission pillars. "Let's get into implementation and implementation mode," said Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). He urged states and UT to ensure that PMAY-U homes are completed and delivered to all eligible recipients within the mission period. A total of 11 states and UTs attended the Oversight Committee meeting and were directed to use the Mechanism Internet (MIS) for proper implementation and monitoring of the mission. The Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population also reviewed the progress made in the Light House Projects (LHP) and Demonstration Housing Projects (DHP). The Prime Minister laid the foundation stones for the mega ground pumps on January 1, 2021. The houses under the LHP project are being built in Lucknow, Ranchi, Rajkot, Agartala, Chennai, and Indore. To promote these LHP sites as live laboratories for transferring technology to the field, the Ministry launched an online registration campaign for Tecnograhis to encourage large-scale citizen participation, create artistic awareness, on-site learning, generate ideas for solutions, experiment, and promote innovation. She said that the mission is working to promote women's empowerment by allocating housing in the name of beneficiaries or jointly owned. Mishra also said the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning is committed to providing pucca homes to all eligible beneficiaries from urban areas in India by 2022 when the nation celebrates its 75th anniversary of independence. PMAY-U homes were built in several phases. So far, the ministry added, more than 73,000 homes have been shut down and nearly 43,000 completed.
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