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BMC slum clean drive : 142 slum dwellers get houses under RAY

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Bhubaneswar : With an objective to have a slum free city as a significant part of the progressive Smart City mission, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday allotted 142 houses to slum dwellers in a special programme held in its office on Wednesday.

About 92 residents of Ward No-17 of Patharbandha basti and 50 residents of Mahisakhala slum were allotted the houses.

As per the sources, the houses constructed by BMC under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) have one bedroom, one kitchen, one dinning-cum- drawing room, one bathroom and one toilet. Additional facilities under the project include, garden, playground, community hall, road, drainage, sewerage network and piped drinking water. A combined sum total of Rs.183 crore has been allotted towards the completion of the project in both of the wards.

The cost of single RAY house is Rs.6 lakh , from which the beneficiary contribution is 20 percent, that is , Rs.1.20 lakh (to be paid in 4 installments in 3 months), the state and central government contribution remains 30 and 50 percent respectively.

Addressing the function, Cultural and Tourism Minister, Ashok Chandra Panda informed that for the non-identified slum dwellers under RAY scheme, houses under other proposed project would be allotted with houses. He also said, the middle class people in the society would also be eligible under the proposed schemes, but subject to they should not have any house registered by their name anywhere across the country. In addition, houses will be provided with a minimal rate of interest.

Among others, MLAs, Bijay Mohanty, Priyadarshi Mishra, Deputy Mayor, K. Shanti, Mayor, Ananta Narayan Jena were also present.

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