“Scaling Up Is the Biggest Challenge in Affordable Housing” – Rajiv Ranjan Mishra

Posted by: at 7/06/2017 03:55:00 am

·         Affordable Housing is a Rs. 6,00,000 crore opportunity in housing finance
·         Over 70 experts to discuss affordable housing and sanitation challenges and solutions in Asia Pacific Housing Forum

New Delhi, 6 July 2017: Today, at the opening of the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India and the forum keynote speaker said “While we have 21 lakh housing units in last two years for economically weaker sections, the target of 100 lakh houses by year 2022 under ‘Housing for All’ mission will need a rapid scaling up. All key stake holders including the government, financial institutions, implementing agencies, private sector, non-government organisations will need to pool in their resources to make this happen”.

Organised by Habitat for Humanity India, the 6th edition of the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum brought together major stakeholders from the government, corporate, financial, social development and private sectors to engage in seeking solutions to poverty housing and sanitation issues and to promote affordable housing and sanitation wellbeing as drivers of economic growth. Other opening speakers Renu Sud Karnad, Managing Director, Housing Development Finance Corporation and Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India addressed the forum theme “Housing at the Center.”

“The proposed single-window clearance, where proposals filed electronically will be taken up internally by all bodies involved to process it, would speed up the clearance and assist in faster implementation”, continued Mr Mishra. The empowering of local authorities, change in architecture, etc. have speeded up the process when compared to 14 lakh houses targeted to be built in ten years under JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission).

Speaking at the occasion, Renu Sud Karnad of HDFC said, “Affordable housing is a Rs. 6 lakh crore opportunity together with the social cause of providing housing for the poor” She also congratulated the government for the single-window clearance as it wound help reduce the cost of funding besides the other obvious benefits. She further pointed out that housing finance companies are doing a much efficient job in offering funding to the poor when compared to banks.

Rajan Samuel from Habitat for Humanity India further added, “Just imagine what India would look like in 2022 when every family has a decent place to live. Housing is an economic engine for low income families as it plays a vital role in the growth and development of the family, the community and of the country. With our collaboration, families can achieve the strength, stability and self–reliance they need to build a better life for themselves. “Truly, ‘Housing at the Center” reflects the importance of affordable housing in the national agenda of poverty alleviation, urban development, sanitation, disaster response and so on.”

The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in India is one in a series of meetings leading up to the biennial 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in Hong Kong from 4th-7th September 2017. Other country forums will be held in Phnom Penh (Cambodia); Manila (Philippines) and Jakarta (Indonesia).
The housing forum this year will help articulate practical ways forward to execute the New Urban Agenda and align other initiatives that focus on housing as a central element for sound urban development. Close to 70 speakers, moderators and delegates will exchange ideas and best practices on: ‘Achieving Affordable Housing in Urban and Rural India’, ‘ODF ++’ and Sanitation Well-being’, ‘Disaster Response and Preparedness’ and Sustainable Urban Development.

Asia Pacific Housing Forum 6 is supported by the Aditya Birla Group, Aavaas by Nebula, HDFC Ltd., Covestro (India) Private Limited and National Housing Bank.

About the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum
The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity. Since it was first held in 2007, the event has brought together more than 3,400 participants from over 52 countries. In 2017, the sixth Housing Forum will be held from September 4-7 in Hong Kong. It will bring together major stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to the issues of inadequate housing and sanitation. Preliminary events will be held in Cambodia, India (4th – 7th July, 2017), Indonesia and the Philippines. All events will be coordinated through the Housing Forum theme of ‘Housing at the Center”. Visit www.housingforumindia.org for more details.

“Scaling Up Is the Biggest Challenge in Affordable Housing” – Rajiv Ranjan Mishra

“Scaling Up Is the Biggest Challenge in Affordable Housing” – Rajiv Ranjan Mishra

“Scaling Up Is the Biggest Challenge in Affordable Housing” – Rajiv Ranjan Mishra

“Scaling Up Is the Biggest Challenge in Affordable Housing” – Rajiv Ranjan Mishra

About Habitat for Humanity India
Habitat for Humanity India’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat works with low-income, marginalized families to build homes, provides housing-related services and raises awareness for adequate housing and sanitation. Since its inception in 1983, Habitat for Humanity India has touched the lives of over 10,04,850 individuals across 20 states. Habitat for Humanity India is part of Habitat for Humanity International - a global non-governmental organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and to make adequate shelter a matter of conscience and action. The core area of Habitat’s work in India is:
·         Decent Shelter
·         WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
·         Disaster Risk Reduction and Response
Habitat for Humanity works with people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity India’s long term strategic goal for 2015-20 is to impact the lives of 25,00,000 individuals in their dream of living in a safe and a decent home. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit www.habitatindia.in

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