CAG slams TNUHDB delay in building houses under central scheme, ET RealEstate

October 12, 2023

CHENNAI: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has slammed the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB) for delay in framing Tamil Nadu Affordable Urban Housing and Habitat policy and preparing the Housing for All Plan of Action (HFAPoA), saying this defeated the purpose of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U) and caused urban poor to live in unhygienic conditions.

The performance audit for the year ended March 31, 2021, tabled in the assembly, said against the total housing demand of 13.92 lakh, the TNUHDB obtained sanction for only 7.08 lakh houses during 2015-21. Of them, 3.44 lakh houses were completed, and the balance 3.64 lakh houses were under different stages of construction.

In its reply, the government said that out of the demand for 13.92 lakh, 4.84 lakh pertained to housing under credit-linked subsidy scheme, which was not being implemented by the TNUHDB. Of the remaining 9.08 lakh, sanction has been accorded for 5.60 lakh and 2.94 lakh houses had been built.

In response, the CAG said that even after completion of the targeted period of the mission – March 2022 – the state government had not sought approval for the balance 3.48 lakh tenements. “Further it has not completed construction of 2.66 lakh tenements sanctioned during the mission period. Due to this urban poor continue to live in unhygienic conditions.”

The CAG said the state housing policy – Tamil Nadu Affordable Urban Housing and Habitat Policy — which was formulated and approved in March 2020, should have been implemented at the start of the Housing for All mission.

Failure to do so has resulted in delay in arriving at solutions for key housing schemes such as private partnership and financing. The report also pointed out that the HFAPoA) containing the demand for housing, in respect of all urban local bodies, was completed in March 2022 instead of June 2016.

“Since the government of India did not allow additional sanction of houses beyond March 2022, 6.84 lakh out of 13.92 lakh identified houses were deprived of intended benefits as the state government failed to get houses sanctioned for them during the mission period. The Tamil Nadu government should ensure that responsibility is fixed for this lapse,” the report said.

  • Published On Oct 12, 2023 at 09:33 AM IST

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