Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 13:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today handed over 80 pucca houses to the affected slum dwellers under the Rajiv Awas Yojana under the resettlement programme.
The housing complex constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore was dedicated to people evicted from the Mahisakhala slum in BJB Nagar area in the capital city. The dwellers were provided shelter at a transit home following an eviction drive and have been relocated to the project which has come in the same area.
According to reports, the houses in the five storey buildings have been constructed in two blocks in the initial phase. Later, the state government would construct 760 houses for 748 beneficiaries under the scheme.
“As many as 760 houses will be constructed in 19 blocks where 80 houses have already been completed. The families of Mahisakhala slum will be relocated under the rehabilitation scheme. More such houses will be constructed in the future,” Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo said.
Notably, the state government has earmarked Rs 52 crore towards it.
“The slum dwelling programme has been launched today owing which the slum dwellers will be given homes under the Rajiv Awas Yojna,” Bhubaneswar Mayor Anant Narayan Jena said.
It may be mentioned here that the Centre would bear 50 percent of the project cost, state government 30 percent with land and the beneficiary to bear the remaining amount.