Agreement to be Signed between Centre and States under the AHRC Scheme

New Delhi: Under the Affordable Rental Housing Complexes scheme, affordable living spaces for the poor and migrant workers in urban areas will be constructed. The center is planning to sign an agreement with the respective States within a month. 

Durga Shanker Mishra - Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary, mentioned in an online media interaction that there are around 1,000 dwelling units in Faridabad and about 32,000 flats in Delhi under the AHRC scheme. He also said the memoranda of the agreement would be signed with states in a month's duration.

The secretary also mentioned that apart from the government-funded flats, the vacant plots can also be used for constructing flats under the scheme. The only condition is that the states will have to choose "use permission" in their respective master plan to proceed with the same.

The Affordable Rental Housing Complexes scheme has been launched under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban, which will help the migrant and poor workers to get affordable houses.

The government has set a target of constructing housing units or retrofitting under the ARHC scheme till 2022. The guidelines were issued by the ministry last month to implement ARHS in the country.

The secretary also added that expression of interest (EOI) had been sent to respective states and union territories. The local bodies will decide the rent.

In May, Nirmala Sitaraman - Union Finance Minister had announced plans to provide homes to urban poor and migrant laborers at affordable rent under the ARHC scheme.