New Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI) The Union Cabinet today approved extra-budgetary support for government’s flagship housing scheme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), an official source said. Also Read - Cabinet Approves Laying Submarine Optical Fibre to Provide High-speed Broadband to Lakshadweep | All You Need to Know

Under the PMAY(U), the housing and urban affairs ministry targets construction of about 1.2 crore houses for the urban poor. Also Read - Cabinet Approves Rs 8575 cr East-West Corridor Metro Project in Kolkata, Reforms in Natural Gas Sector | Full Details

The scheme got allocation at Rs 6,505 crore for Budget 2018-19 as compared to Rs 6,042.81 crore in 2017-18. However, additional budgetary resources of Rs 25,000 crore was also proposed for the scheme to be raised outside the general budget. Also Read - Good News! Cabinet Approves 4% Increase in Dearness Allowance for Central Govt Employees

In urban areas, the assistance has been sanctioned for construction of over 39 lakh houses so far.

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