Lucknow, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to boost religious tourism in the state, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal of setting up a Special Council for beautification and expansion of the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, officials said.
The cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gave its nod to the necessary ordinance, said state Health Minister and spokesman Siddharthanath Singh informed.
Noting that the temple, falling the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' in the country, he said that a proposal was mooted by officials to conserve historical and religious heritage buildings and undertake beautification of areas around the temple, which draws millions every year.
Under this ordinance, it is proposed that the Gadhwaasi Told and Dashshmedh Ghat wards be expanded and notified.
Many private houses and buildings around the temple will also be removed and according to officials, as many as 166 plots and buildings will be acquired at an earmarked budget of Rs 413 crore.
In the current financial year, a budget of Rs 150 crore is being sanctioned for this work.
The Special Area Development Council has been set up for this purpose only, the minister added.
The cabinet also approved a new bus depot at Ayodhya which will be built at a cost of Rs 7 crore on a 1.384 hectare land which will be provided free to the Tourism Department. The cabinet also ratified a proposal of providing Rs 403 crore for a para-medical college at Jhansi.
Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday enhanced the housing loan limits under priority sector lending (PSL) to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres under the affordable housing scheme.
The RBI in its Second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2018-19 had decide to enhance the limit for eligibility for PSL under the scheme.
"With a view to bringing convergence of the Priority Sector Lending guidelines for housing loans with the Affordable Housing Scheme, and to give a filip to low-cost housing for the economically weaker sections and low income groups...," the RBI said in a notification.
"... the housing loan limits for eligibility under priority sector lending will be revised to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres (with population of ten lakh and above), and Rs 25 lakh in other centres, provided the overall cost of the dwelling unit in the metropolitan centre and at other centres does not exceed Rs 45 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, respectively."
Furthermore, the RBI said that existing family income limit of Rs 2 lakh per annum, for loans to housing projects exclusively for the purpose of construction of houses for EWS and LIG, has been revised to Rs 3 lakh per annum for EWS and Rs 6 lakh per annum for LIG, in alignment with the income criteria specified under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
In addition, loans to individuals up to Rs 28 lakh in metropolitan centres and Rs 20 lakh in other centres, will be eligible to be classified under priority sector, "provided that the cost of dwelling unit does not exceed Rs 35 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, respectively".