BHUBANESWAR: The state government has approved a proposal of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) to construct 240 houses for evicted slum dwellers at Chandrasekharpur here.
BDA vice-chairman (VC) Krishan Kumar said families removed from Tarini Basti and Arabinda Basti will be rehabilitated at the proposed site. "Tender for the project will be floated soon," he said.
"Since BDA will monetize the land vacated by slum dwellers, we consider rehabilitation of the affected families as a social responsibility," he said.
According to the proposal, a five-storey structure with houses for economically weaker section (EWS) will come up over 2.14 acre at an estimated cost of Rs 15.36 crore. The BDA would spend Rs 10.61 crore on civil works, Rs 2.72 crore on amenities and the rest on associated costs, financial adviser (housing and urban development) A K Ray wrote to the BDA vice-chairman.
The project cost would be met from Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) and Capital Region Development Fund. Beneficiaries are required to pay about 20% of the project cost. BDA would help them secure loans from banks, Kumar added.
In a push to affordable housing, the government has prepared a draft 'housing policy for all-2015'. It suggests a maintenance fund with developers, including Odisha State Housing Board, Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Cuttack Development Authority, contributing 2% of the project cost in case of social housing. The fund would be managed by the respective housing societies for future repair work and maintenance, official sources said.