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Draw of lots for house allotment

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The Hindu             14.11.2013

Draw of lots for house allotment

Special Correspondent

Houses proposed to be built under the self-financing scheme by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board at Navalpattu and Thuraiyur will be allotted through draw of lots at the meeting of the Allocation Committee to be held at the board’s community hall at K.K. Nagar in the city on November 20. The board has planned to build 191 houses, including four high-income group (HIG), 13 middle income group (MIG), and 174 low-income group (LIG) type houses at Navalpattu and 12 HIG and 15 MIG houses at Thuraiyur.

 

Urban slum dwellers to get flats soon

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The Hindu            11.11.2013

Urban slum dwellers to get flats soon

Staff Reporter

Construction work of apartments in Ammankulam almost complete

Towards the end of this month, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board may handover the apartments it had built on behalf of the Coimbatore Corporation for the urban poor.

According to sources, the construction of apartments containing 792 flats in Ammankulam was almost complete and the Board was giving finishing touches.

The Board began constructing 904 flats in Ammankulam sometime in 2008 for the Corporation, which had obtained funds for the same from the Central Government under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) component.

Under the BSUP, the Corporation was to help urban poor have better houses by providing financial assistance to those who had title deeds but lived in thatched roof houses, and flats to those who did not have title deeds and lived on encroached land along water bodies and on government lands. As per the scheme, the Board began constructing the flats in Ammankulam in 16 blocks.

Structural stability

A year after the start of the construction, one of the blocks sank a few inches into the ground raising questions about the structural stability of the apartment blocks under construction.

The Board had to marshal the resources of structural engineers from engineering colleges and technical institutions for remedial action. Based on the advice, the Board demolished a block to bring down the number of flats to 792.

The sources said that the Board had also provided sewerage, street light, community hall and other facilities for the residents to-be in Ammankulam.

Once it handed over the apartments, the Corporation would relocate the beneficiaries identified and once the latter shifted, would demolish their old houses.

The sources said that the process of handing over the houses and demolishing the old houses could take a few more months.

The Board was also keen to complete the Ukkadam project, where it was building 2,904 flats under the same scheme, sources said. It was building a few more apartments across the city to relocate the urban poor.

Construction work of apartments in Ammankulam almost complete.

 

1,660 houses for Adi Dravida families wait for allotment

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The New Indian Express     06.08.2013 

1,660 houses for Adi Dravida families wait for allotment

Houses constructed under the Adi Dravida Scheme, awaiting allotment at Korkad, Puducherry | G Pattabiraman
Houses constructed under the Adi Dravida Scheme, awaiting allotment at Korkad, Puducherry | G Pattabiraman

It has been two years since 1,660 houses have been constructed for poor Adi Dravida families in the rural areas of Puducherry, but the beneficiaries are yet to be allotted the houses.

The houses were constructed in 17 scheduled Caste-dominated localities at an estimated cost of `83 crore by availing of loans from HUDCO to provide houses to Adi Dravida families, living below the poverty line, with concrete houses.

In fact, the government had spent `5 lakh to construct each house. But as on date only cows can be seen resting on the verandah of the newly constructed houses.

Officials state that the houses could not be allocated due to lack of infrastructure. The electricity and  water connections are yet to be provided in many houses, while in some other places approach roads have to be constructed. 

Around Rs 17 crore has been sanctioned to complete the work, said the Director of Adi Dravida Welfare department Panneerselvam.

However, it is believed that the infrastructural issues have not been addressed due to fund crunch faced by Puducherry government.

Citing another reason for the delay, Lenin from the Agricultural Labourers Association attached to CPI-ML said the AINRC government is not taking any initiative to hand over the houses owing to political reasons.

As the houses had been constructed during the Congress rule under V Vaithilingam, the present government does not have any interest in providing the funds for completion of the project and handing it over to the beneficiaries. This has led to delay, he  said.

While AINRC government had announced a housing subsidy of `4 lakh per beneficiary from Adi Dravida BPL families to construct houses by raising it from `2 lakh at present, the Congress government had constructed the houses by spending a high amount of `5 lakh each.

However, the department assures to begin the process of handing over the houses by month end.

Verification of beneficiary list is going on and it would be ready by month end, says  Director of Adi Dravida Welfare Scheme.

Thereafter the houses would be allotted in a phased manner, he said.

As per the housing scheme, 80 per cent of the houses would be allotted to familes belonging to Scheduled Caste and 20 percent of the remaining houses would be allotted to backward class people.

 


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