Housing scheme ahead of polls raises doubts over its veracity

Housing scheme ahead of polls raises doubts over its veracity

Mysore is soon expected to become a city with ‘people having their own shelters’, as an ‘innovative housing scheme’ is in the pipeline to benefit residents living in rented houses.

The project, a brainchild of medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas, has been approved by secretary of housing department and will soon be launched for Krishna Raja Assembly constituency in association with the ‘affordable housing scheme’ of the Central government. An NGO has conducted a survey in 2012 to identify people residing in rented houses and has found that as many as 30,691 families in city have no own shelter. Among them, ward no 5 has 1,985 families residing in rented houses, while ward no 38 has only 14 families. To own a house under the scheme, one should have an annual income less than Rs 84,000 or have a BPL ration card. The beneficiaries will get a subsidy of Rs 75,000 from the government.

An elected representative, on condition of anonymity, described the programme as an ‘election gimmick’, as it is being launched during elections. He said, the minister has got the scheme approved only for his constituency, turning a blind-eye towards thousands of other families. “Chamaraja, N R and Chamundeshwari constituencies should have been considered if the minister was really concerned about the families in Mysore,” he said. He said the income limit fixed to avail the benefit is unscientific.

Minister Ramdas, at a press meet here on Sunday, said, MLAs of other constituencies too were consulted and asked to implement the scheme in their constituencies. He said, 30,691 families in 65 wards of the city are living in rented houses and under K R constituency alone there were 12,500 such families. In the first phase, 6,000 houses would be constructed at a cost of Rs 16 crore and Rs 12 crore has already been released, he added. Ramdas said, lands at Goruru and Lalitadripura have been identified for houses with ground, plus two floors of buildings. Each house of 303.65 sq feet will cost Rs 6.75 lakh. Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has alloted 35 acres of land to take up the construction work. “In the second phase, residents of other constituencies will be benefitted,” he added. He said, the city would soon become ‘swantha soorina ooru’ (city with people having own shelters).

Applns to be given from today

Application forms for the scheme will be distributed at MCC zonal offices of KR constituency from March 18 till March 23. Applicants have to submit the duly filled forms before March 26.