While the government is pushing forward the agenda of housing for all by 2022, official sources say tens of thousands of low-cost homes are lying empty across India.
Reuters quoting an official said about 164,000 low-cost homes built under previous schemes are vacant.
“We have been pushing state governments to allot these homes at the earliest, and we are focused on meeting the mission target,” he is reported as saying.
More than 800,000 units have been completed with about 2.8 million homes in various stages of construction, according to the Housing Ministry data.
According to Harsh Mander, Director of the Centre for Equity Studies, those who really need these homes cannot afford them, and those who can afford them don’t want them.