BHUBANESWAR: The state government will construct 1000 high-end government quarters for babus in the city similar to New Delhi's Moti Bagh, which provides posh residential facilities to bureaucrats.
The quarters would add to the present pool of 11,000 quarters meant for different categories of state government employees, sources told TOI.
About 150 quarters, which are meant for top ranking officials, will resemble the pattern of Moti Bagh. While the 250 quarters will be constructed for the middle-income group, 650 quarters will be for low income group, official sources said.
"The general administration (GA) department, which mooted the plan, has provided us with a 30-acre land at Gadakana for the construction of the quarters. The building, which will have different blocks, will be of seven-stories. We will submit the detailed project report within a week," said chief engineer (building) S R Sethy, pointing out that about Rs 650 crore would be spent on the project.
There will be a shopping mall, a hi-tech hospital, officers' club, park and community and recreation centres. "We will construct the mall and give it to a private party in lieu of which they will have to maintain the government quarters. The government won't bear the maintenance cost," said Sethy.
What's more, the quarters will have modular kitchens, swimming pool, tennis courts, jogging tracks and terrace gardens. All these facilities are also available at Moti Bagh quarters. "All the modern amenities and security systems will be created in the building complex. These government houses are being built in sync with modern luxury demands," said a GA department officer.
The work for the project would begin in the next two months. The government quarters here are mostly located inside the capital.
"The upcoming quarters is expected to solve the problem of shortage of government quarters in the city. Officers, who are posted here have to wait in queue to avail a quarter," said the officer, adding that it was yet to be decided if the quarters will be available for politicians.
The Bhubaneswae municipal Corporation (BMC), in order to give a facelift to the Unit-I market will demolish about 43 government quarters, including residences of 23 police personnel.
Sources said 992 houses on 143 acres at Moti Bagh have been constructed. The white-domed government quarters have power back-up, sewage recycling systems, solar water heating and modern floor finishing and modular kitchens.