India’s Modi plans low-cost rental housing for major cities
Before he tackles high-tech “smart cities,” India Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to fill a more basic urban need: housing for migrants and the homeless. OneIndia News reports that the Modi government has launched a rental housing program for the nation’s largest and poorest metropolises, which are short on affordable residences.
The goal is to provide temporary housing for the indigent, especially villagers who stream into major cities in search of economic opportunity, the article says. The low-cost rentals would provide migrants with shelter while they search for work and permanent housing. The initiative would debut in the capital, Delhi, before being expanded to other cities.
A related government program, the Sardar Patel National Urban Housing Mission, aims to replace slums with low-cost homes in multistory buildings, according to The Hindu. That effort is part of Modi’s ambitious “Housing for All by 2022” initiative.