New Delhi, April 8, 2017: Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra on Saturday chaired a meet to discuss ways to involve private real estate developers in the government’s ambitious ‘Housing-for-all by 2022’ scheme.
The meeting also discussed how the benefits of the interest subsidy on affordable housing could reach the prospective home buyers at the earliest, informed sources said.
The real estate developers were represented by two apex bodies, CREDAI and NAREDCO. Tata Housing officials also attended the meeting.
The real estate sector representatives flagged difficulties they face in launching projects in smaller cities because of the specifications under Prime Minister Awas Yojana scheme and wanted some relaxation on that front.
Union Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu had urged real estate developers last months to take up affordable housing projects in a big way while stressing that therein lies the future of the real estate sector.
Naidu had said that his ministry would soon convene a Round Table with real estate bodies and representatives of banks, housing financing companies and others concerned to deliberate on the road ahead for promoting affordable housing so that the target of ensuring Housing for All by 2022 would be met. (IANS)
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.
“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.
Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.
There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.
There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.
Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.
“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.
After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.
Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.
He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”
According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.
Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.
Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.