BHUBANESWAR: Once bitten twice shy. The Phailin onslaught has promoted the jittery state government to reassess the planning and design of the proposed houses to be built under the centrally-sponsored Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) for the urban poor in Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Sanjib Kumar Mishra has asked the private developer of the RAY houses to construct eco-friendly, earthquake- and disaster-resistant houses to weather the vagaries of disasters.
"The agency that would construct the houses has been strictly asked to follow the standard guidelines so that no damage is caused to the houses during calamities. There should be adequate disaster mitigation facilities and physically disabled friendly features in the planning of layout and designs," Mishra told TOI.
BMC last week signed an MoU with National Building Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) for construction of RAY houses at Gadakana here. More than 4,000 slum dwellers of Mancheswar Munda Sahi, Patra Sahi and Dasaraj Basti would be rehabilitated under the RAY scheme. The total cost of the project is Rs 54 crore, sources said.
RAY would be implemented at seven of the 436 slums. BMC will construct RAY houses at five slums, whereas BDA would build houses under the same scheme at Mahisakhala and Patharabandha slums. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik recently laid the foundation stones of the proposed project at the two slums.
NBCC would construct 600 houses over five acre at Gadakana. "The model for the houses has been approved. Each house would have four floors," said RAY project officer Srimanta Mishra. While Union government would share 50% of the project cost, the state would chip in with 30% and the beneficiaries with the remaining 20%. The central sanctioning and monitoring committee on RAY has approved the funding.