MoS Defence inaugurates married Accommodation Project in Meerut
The Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre inaugurated the Married Accommodation Project (MAP) at Meerut Military Station today and dedicated 623 dwelling units to Officers, JCOs and Other Ranks of the Indian Army. In his address to a gathering of serving and ex-servicemen, the Minister said that the government is committed to the welfare of soldiers and will do everything to alleviate their hardships. Non-availability and poor standards of married accommodation for soldiers has been a cause of concern and steps have been taken by the government to address this deficiency. The Married Accommodation Project (MAP) was announced by former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001, wherein approximately two lakh dwelling units are being constructed for Army, Navy and Air Force over three phases.
90,000 houses have so far been constructed in two phases and this figure will increase to 1.25 lakh houses by the end of next year. Planning for Phase III has been completed in which 71,000 houses have been planned and construction will commence soon. The scales and specifications of married accommodation were improved in 2009 by the government which has resulted in improved quality of houses much to the appreciation of soldiers.
The MAP housing is being constructed by DG MAP organisation under supervision of local military commanders. DG MAP organisation was raised in 2002-03 and has emerged as one of the finest government housing construction agency in just thirteen years of its raising. The organisation has reached a turnover of Rs 2700 crore in FY 2015-16 which could be possible through hard work and dedication of its limited work force.
Green building norms like rain water harvesting, sewage treatment plant and solar water heating system have been incorporated in this project. Rich specifications like grit finish, tiled flooring, aluminium windows, flush doors, geysers, fans, concealed plumbing, copper wiring, green marble platform for kitchen and wooden cupboards for kitchen & bed rooms have been incorporated in the project.