Bengaluru Urban way behind in providing houses for poor

Bengaluru Urban way behind in providing houses for poor

 Giving roof to the poor in a city like Bengaluru is a tough task for the government. Bengaluru Urban has performed badly when it comes to meeting the target set for housing for the poor during the current financial year.

According to statistics made available at a review meeting chaired by Housing Minister M Krishnappa here on Thursday, the target set for Bengaluru Urban for 2016-17 is 5,421 of which only 45% of the houses could be completed as on January 11, 2017.

Officials attribute the slow progress to delay in identifying beneficiaries, availability of sites and poor response from the beneficiaries in providing proof of construction after which government grants are released. At the other end of the spectrum, Udupi district stands first, meeting its target by 100%  by December 2016. The state average is 67.97%.

Krishnappa said even if the government meets its target, there will still be 26 lakh families with no sites or houses of their own as per census data of 2011.

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