Mumbai: After a lacklustre start to the the Housing for All by 2022 mission due to funding constraints, the scheme is set to get a boost on a Rs 64,500- crore budgetary allocation next financial year 2018-19, says a report.
According to rating agency ICRA, the Budget 2018 has reinforced the governments intent to focus on the development of the affordable housing sector under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY).
“A significant increase in the planned spending under the PMAY, from Rs 29,043 crore in FY18 to Rs 64,500 crore in FY19, is likely to result in a notable pick-up in execution since funding availability was a constraint in the past,” said Shubham Jain, a vice president and real estate head at Icra.
The government had set a target of constructing 50 million new housing units by 2022 through the PMAY, of which 30 million units are likely to be constructed in rural areas, and the rest in urban areas.
As an immediate target, the PMAY-Gramin aims to cover 10 million new houses by FY19, of which five million are to be completed by this March. The PMAY-Urban had set a target for completion of 1.2 million houses in FY18.
“However in terms of physical progress, both the schemes have been slow in meeting the targets,” said Jain.
According to the agency, under the urban scheme, which was launched in June 2015, as against around 3.6 million housing units approved since FY16, only around 3 lakh units have been completed till date.
Under the rural scheme, too, the number of homes sanctioned as of January 15, 2018 was 6 million, but with around 1.6 million are completed so far.
“Thus, a significant pick-up in implementation pace for both will be required to achieve the target by 2022,” Jain added.
The government, had allocated internal and extra- budgetary resources of Rs 37,000 crore for both the schemes, in addition to the budgetary support of Rs 27,500 crore.
Jain said it remains to be seen what avenues government will tap to raise such financing, given that this is largely revenue expenditure and not for creating capital assets.
“Ability to raise such resources would be critical to meet the financial spending and physical completion targets,” he concluded.