Odisha’s housing department extends the PMAY-Urban 100-Day Challenge deadline to March 31, fostering competitive spirit among urban local bodies to complete housing projects.

The housing and urban development department of Odisha has announced an extension of the deadline for the ‘100 Days Challenge’ for urban local bodies (ULBs) to complete houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). The new deadline is set for March 31, extending from the earlier date of March 4.

Launched on November 24, 2023, the challenge aimed to incentivize and reward the best-performing ULBs for successfully grounding housing projects under PMAY-U. The objective was to instill a competitive spirit among ULBs, urging them to complete sanctioned houses within a time-bound framework before the scheme’s closure in December of the same year.

Debasis Singh, Director (housing), communicated the extension to all municipal commissioners and executive officers, citing the need to accommodate various central and state programs concurrently running during the challenge period, causing schedule overlaps. As a result, the ongoing 100 Days Challenge is prolonged until the end of the financial year to address these constraints effectively.

In adherence to the challenge, 115 ULBs in Odisha are categorized based on the number of housing units in progress. Category A comprises ULBs with over 750 housing units, category B includes those with units ranging between 250 and 750, while category C consists of ULBs with less than 250 units.

The extension allows ULBs additional time to meet the challenge’s objectives and complete housing projects under PMAY-U. It underscores the state government’s commitment to ensuring timely and efficient implementation of urban housing initiatives, ultimately benefiting citizens across Odisha.

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