APSHCL stands for Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation Limited, a nodal agency that oversees the implementation of various housing schemes in the state. APSHCL aims to provide affordable and quality housing to the weaker sections of the society, especially the rural poor, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other backward classes. In this blog post, we will explore the role, functions, and achievements of APSHCL in detail.
What is APSHCL?
APSHCL was established in 1979 as a public limited company under the Companies Act, 1956. It is a fully owned undertaking of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, under the administrative control of the Housing Department. APSHCL has its headquarters in Vijayawada and has 13 regional offices across the state.
The main objectives of APSHCL are:
- To plan, promote, and execute housing schemes for the weaker sections of the society.
- To provide financial and technical assistance to individuals, groups, and organizations for constructing houses.
- To propagate cost-effective and eco-friendly building technologies and materials.
- To undertake research and development activities related to housing.
- To collaborate with central and state governments, local bodies, NGOs, and other agencies for implementing housing schemes.
What are the housing schemes implemented by APSHCL?
APSHCL is the nodal agency for taking up all centrally assisted housing schemes being sanctioned for various groups for the state. Some of these schemes are:
- Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) – Urban: A flagship scheme of the central government that aims to provide housing for all by 2022 in urban areas. APSHCL is responsible for identifying the beneficiaries, sanctioning the subsidies, and monitoring the progress of the scheme.
- Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) – Gramin: A similar scheme for rural areas that targets to construct 2.95 crore houses by 2022. APSHCL is involved in conducting socio-economic surveys, geo-tagging the houses, and releasing funds to the beneficiaries.
- YSR Housing Scheme: A state-sponsored scheme that provides free houses to eligible beneficiaries belonging to SCs, STs, BCs, minorities, and other poor sections. APSHCL coordinates with district collectors, municipal commissioners, and other officials for implementing the scheme.
Apart from these schemes, APSHCL also implements other special schemes such as:
- NTR Rural Housing Scheme: A scheme that provides interest subsidy to rural poor who avail loans from banks or other financial institutions for constructing houses.
- NTR Urban Housing Scheme: A scheme that provides interest subsidy to urban poor who avail loans from banks or other financial institutions for constructing houses.
- Rajiv Swagruha Scheme: A scheme that provides affordable flats to middle-income groups in urban areas.
- Rajiv Gruha Kalpa Scheme: A scheme that provides low-cost houses to urban poor in slum areas.
What are the achievements of APSHCL?
APSHCL has been instrumental in providing housing to millions of people in Andhra Pradesh over the years. Some of the notable achievements of APSHCL are:
- It has constructed more than 25 lakh houses under various schemes since its inception.
- It has introduced innovative technologies such as precast concrete panels, ferrocement components, stabilized mud blocks, etc. for reducing cost and time of construction.
- It has established a network of building centers across the state for imparting training and supplying materials to rural artisans and beneficiaries.
- It has received several awards and recognitions from national and international agencies for its performance and excellence.
How to contact APSHCL?
If you want to know more about APSHCL or avail its services, you can contact them through their official website , email [[email protected]], phone [0866-2571271], or visit their nearest regional office. You can also follow them on their social media handles [Facebook], [Twitter], and [YouTube] for updates and announcements.
We hope this blog post has given you a brief overview of APSHCL and its role in providing housing to the people of Andhra Pradesh. If you have any queries or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you for reading!