Housing complex for slum dwellers opened in City

The Karnataka Slum Development Board (KSDB- formerly Karnataka Slum Clearance Board (KSCB)) dedicated 1,600 multi-storeyed housing complex for the beneficiaries at Ambedkar Nagar (Hanchya- Satagalli) B- zone, behind VTU regional office in the city. 
Housing minister V Somanna did the honour  at a programme organised near the housing complex. The project has been taken up under basic service for urban poor of Jawaharlal Nehru National Renewal Mission (JnNURM).

In his address the minister said of the total 6,328 houses planned at an estimated cost of Rs 203.97 crore, 2,857 houses have been completed and 3,088 are in different stages of completion. The construction of remaining 383 houses will be taken up in September. The board intends to complete the project within March 2012, the minister added. For the first time, the centre has released Rs 50 crore to create basic infrastructure.

Saying he was aware of the beneficiaries who apply for the facility despite having own roof, the minister said that a legsilation is being brought to initiate legal action. He also alluded taking action against those officers who err while identifying the actual beneficiaries.

MP H Vishwanath took objection to State Government hijacking the centre sponsored Nurm projects. MLC Sandesh Nagaraj also took objection but for ignoring mayor-regarded as ‘first citizen of Mysore’. Showing an advertisement published in a Kannada daily, the legislator complained to the minister said barring mayor all others have found a place. He alleged that it was a clear violation of protocol. The minister who took note of the complaint blamed the officers for the mess.

Biometric cards- that can be construed as ID cards were issued to the beneficiaries. The houses will be allotted through lottery system in the coming days.

A total of 448 houses have been constructed in Hanchya Satagalli on an area of five acres and 20 gunta of land. The houses (ground plus three) in 14 blocks were constructed  using cost effective and fast track technology.

The carpet width of every dwelling is 300 square feet having a hall, room, kitchen and separate bathing and toilet facilities. Slum dwellers art Kesare third stage, near the foot of Chamundi Hill, Kalyangiri, Usmania block, Yellamma and Gopika slums will be rehabilitated here.

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