Govt to provide housing facilities to urban poor: Minister


Bhubaneswar: Minister for Housing, Panchayati Raj and Law, Pratap Jena has said the government is set to provide housing facilities to the economically weaker sections in urban areas.

Jena, at a review meeting here at Lok Seva Bhawan on Wednesday, said the government needs at least five lakh houses, but till date, 1.27 lakh houses have been sanctioned. He said 51,000  have received their land deeds and added that by March next year 25,000 more deeds will be distributed to the people.

Jena said the government is chalking out a plan of action for providing better housing facilities to the weaker sections of the society living in five municipal corporations in the state. Nearly 3.90 houses are required in the municipal corporations, the minister said and added that BDA and CDA are given the responsibility to construct the houses by 2020.

The minister further said nearly five lakh families living in urban areas will be provided with drinking water facilities by March 2020. Jena said 550 drinking water projects out of 677 have been completed and added that work of the rest is on progress.

The work of various projects under Amrut Yojana is progressing rapidly, Jena said and indicated that funds from the industries are used for completing the drinking water projects. He said 45 projects of the 50 are completed and the rest projects are being expedited.

The minister advised the officials to complete the project within the schedule during the review meeting. The review meeting was attended by chairman of Odisha Housing Board Priyadarshi Mishra, Housing Commissioner G Mathivathanan, ORERA chairman Amiya Kumar Mohapatra, Housing director Suresh Chandra Dalei and others.

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