Ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation will be merged with the ministry of urban development soon. Sources said that the initiative will help in better implementation of infra projects across the country.

Currently, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu heads both the ministries which operate from same building in New Delhi. According to sources, it is expected that the process of merger will begin very soon and both the ministry will become one ministry and might be named as ‘Ministry of Urban Affairs and Housing’.

Nandita Chatterjee, secretary, ministry of housing, retired last week and a senior official said that no official has been appointed to replace her.