Beneficiaries seek brighter future under government’s sustainable housing scheme: Newsdrum

Rajkot (Gujarat), Oct 19 (PTI) A cobbler who wants to leave a slum, a widow who wants to leave her son’s house to escape abuse and an Anganwadi worker who hopes for a better future for her daughter are among the beneficiaries of the project flagship sustainable housing project here.

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) project aims to provide 1,144 apartments to those in economically weaker neighborhoods.

Sixty-five-year-old Kanubehen, who recently lost her husband, said that shortly after his death, her son and daughter-in-law began to abuse her.

“I want to leave their house and live on my own. I will make ends meet one way or another, but I need a roof over my head and not to live in uncertainty. “, she said during the “Indian Urban Housing Conclave” where Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday handed over the keys to the apartments to the beneficiaries of the program.

Rajesh Pal, a cobbler, who has spent his life living in a shack in a slum, said he never imagined he would have a real home.

“But it’s happening. It’s like a new birth for me and my family. We can’t wait to start our lives here as soon as possible,” he said.

“During the rains, water flows in my slum and is not livable. We often get sick because of the unsanitary conditions. We suffered from dengue fever and malaria,” said Pal, who will get an apartment of two bedrooms as part of the program.

Housing projects under PMAY-U are underway across the country and construction is based on innovative systems, including green and disaster-resistant technologies, according to the Ministry of Urban Development.

For Sanjana, an Anganwadi worker, this program means a better future for her daughter.

“My daughter aspires to become an engineer. I hope this housing project will provide her with the right environment to focus on her goal,” said Sanjana, who has been allocated a two-bedroom apartment.

Technologies shortlisted under the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India are being adopted for multi-storey construction, an official said.

The indigenous innovative technologies and materials showcased at the Indian Housing Technology Mela are suitable for low and medium houses in PMAY-U and detached houses in PMAY-Gramin (rural), according to the official. PTI UZM ANB ANB

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