Housing sector to get infrastructure status to make it affordable to own a home
The matter is being taken up with the Finance Ministry and Reserve Bank of India and a favourable decision is likely to be announced in the coming Budget session, said a senior Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) official today.
Besides, the ministry is also trying to provide income tax and service tax benefit to the sector, the official said.
Infrastructure status will boost the housing sector by providing easy access to funds and consequently increasing the availability of houses.
According to a recent report of the technical group on urban housing shortage, in 2012, there was a shortage of 18.78 million units and major shortfall of supply was in the economically weaker section (10.55 million units), followed by lower income group (7.41 million).
While the government cannot overcome the shortage of supply of its own, private developers are not finding it viable due to high cost of land and high interest rates.
Infrastructure status for the housing is a long pending demand of HUPA Ministry.
The official maintained infrastructure status for housing will increase the flow of funds to the sector which would encourage developers to come up with more affordable housing projects in India, therefore creating a balance in the demand and supply for housing.
Besides, the ministry is bringing the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013, in Parliament. Once the Bill is
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