Govt to survey people without houses, sites

Previous exercise was undertaken in 2002; land prices for layouts increased

The State government will soon carry out a survey of people who have neither a house nor site, Housing Minister M H Ambareesh said on Tuesday.

A three-member team will be formed to conduct the survey in every gram panchayat, and detailed guidelines will be issued in this regard soon, he said at a video conference with deputy commissioners of all districts. The survey was last held in 2002 and successive governments have been using the old data to make policies, he added. The government has increased the rates for buying land to form residential layouts for the benefit of the poor. The new rate in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is Rs 50 lakh per acre.

In other municipal corporations, it is Rs 25 lakh per acre; Rs 15 lakh in city municipal councils and Rs 10 lakh in taluk panchayats. Until now, the said rate was three times the guidance value of land in all urban local bodies in the State, the minister explained. On the occasion, Ambareesh reviewed the progress in implementation of rural housing scheme. The Housing Department has set a target of building three lakh houses under the rural housing scheme by the end of this financial year. About 50 per cent of the work has been completed so far. The minister directed the officials to expedite the work.

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