Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is planning to provide houses to 3.73 lakh people from the economically weaker section (EWS) residing in the State’s urban areas.
“While nearly 5 lakh houses are needed for the people from EWS sections residing in the State’s urban areas, only 1.27 lakh have been provided with houses under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY). The State government is preparing a plan to fulfill the deficit,” informed Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena.
Jena today held a review meeting on housing in urban areas, JAGA Mission, Drinking Water and UNNATI Yojana at the Lok Seva Bhawan here today.
It was revealed at the review that 51,000 slum dwellers have been provided with land titles as of now under the JAGA Mission and an additional 25,000 will be provided with land titles by March-end. However, since this programme is not being implemented in the five municipal corporations of the State, steps are being taken to provide houses to people residing in these areas.
Since nearly 3.90 lakh houses are required in areas under these municipal corporations it was decided at the meeting to vest the responsibility of providing houses in these areas to agencies like the State Housing Board, BDA, and CDA.
While the State government will provide all assistance for construction of houses, concerned authorities have been asked to prepare a master plan for by March 2020 on this account.
On the drinking water front work has begun to provide drinking water connection to 5 lakh urban families by March next year. While 677 projects are being executed in the State, 550 out of them have been completed. Work is under progress in the remaining 127 projects.
Similarly, under AMRUT yojana out of 130 projects, 71 have been completed and work on 50 projects is underway.
Besides, out of 55 projects under DMF, 45 have been completed and work is underway in 10 projects.
On the total, out of 893 projects work on 678 have been completed and in 215 work is underway in accelerated mode.