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Governor lists plans to provide housing for all sections
Chennai, Jan. 7
Schemes to improve accessibility to housing for rural and urban middle and low income groups, figured prominently in the State Government's plans, announced in the Governor's Address in the Assembly today.
The Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, in his customary address said that the State Government will focus on housing, through various schemes in cities and rural areas.
Over 1,100 acres belonging to the Tamil Nadu Housing Board will be earmarked for housing, and plots will be allocated to lower and middle income groups on a no-profit-no-loss basis in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchi, Erode and Hosur.
The Government discretionary quota of allotting houses and plots in the TNHB has been scrapped from today.
A special scheme is being formulated to provide houses to those in urban slums. Houses would be provided to the slum dwellers near their place of work with the objective of eradicating urban slums by 2017.
The State Government has also enhanced the funding available under the ‘Kalaingar Housing Scheme' to replace thatched huts with concrete houses.
The Government will assist the beneficiaries to raise an additional Rs 20,000 from banks on low interest rates to supplement the construction cost.
The Government had launched this scheme to replace 21 lakh huts over the next six years, with an assistance of Rs 60,000 a house which has been hiked to Rs 75,000.
In 2010-11, Rs 2,250 crore was allocated for three lakh beneficiaries. The next phase of an additional three lakh will commence in the current year.
The State Government has revived a proposal to set up a ‘Science City' with dedicated infrastructure for education and research in Chennai.
This would come up in the southern part of the city, including the Anna University, IIT and surrounding areas.
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