The affordable rental housing complexes (ARHCs) will be rolled out through two models, the government has said.
Details of both models were shared by Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Hardeep Singh Puri while releasing an ARHCs knowledge pack in New Delhi on Friday via video conference.
The COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed a massive reverse migration of workers and urban poor in the country. Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat , the Union Cabinet on July 8 had approved Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) as a sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) to provide ease of living to urban migrants and the poor.
The first model will involve utilising existing government-funded vacant houses to convert into ARHCs through the public-private partnerships (PPP) route or by public agencies for a period of 25 years. This provides an opportunity for all states and union territories to convert their existing vacant houses constructed under various central and state government schemes into ARHCs. A model request for proposal (RFP) has been shared with all states for customisation and issuance by them to select a concessionaire.
Under the second model, construction, operation and maintenance of ARHCs will be undertaken by public or private entities on their available vacant land for a period of 25 years.
A large portion of available vacant land is lying unutilised with various industries, trade associations, manufacturing companies, educational and health institutions, development authorities, housing boards, central and state public sector undertakings (PSUs) and other such entities. Through appropriate policy support, enabling provisions and incentives, these available vacant lands can be utilised effectively for developing affordable housing facilities for migrants and the poor.
Further, MoHUA will issue an expression of interest (EoI) for shortlisting of entities by urban local bodies (ULBs) to construct, operate and maintain ARHCs on their available vacant land.
Documents in the ARHCs Knowledge Pack include a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to be signed with states and union territories, operational guidelines of ARHCs, model RFP for selection of concessionaire by states, union territories, urban local bodies under the first model and expression of interest (EoI) for shortlisting of entities under the second model.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA presided over the function, which was attended by senior officers of central and state governments as well as representatives from the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM).