Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab Dy Chief Min
CHANDIGARH: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday announced construction of one lakh houses for economically weaker sections (EWS) at affordable prices. These houses would be ready by October, 2016.
Besides, he has also issued directions to concerned departments to identify land in cities and towns at the earliest to complete this mega welfare project in stipulated time.
In a meeting on EWS housing held here on Tuesday, Sukhbir said Punjab government planned the project to provide reasonably priced houses to all by 2022. The first phase of the project would be completed by October 2016 by providing residential accommodation to one lakh people living under BPL norms.
These houses would be provided at 10% of its total construction cost and will have all basic amenities. To make the project common for EWS population residing in both rural and urban areas, instructions would be sent soon to concerned departments to identify land for the project in mandis and towns, besides exploring the prospects of building affordable houses in villages also.
Sukhbir also suggested that these houses must have a backyard so as to meet the requirements of rural population.
Stressing on the need to provide inexpensive houses, he directed housing, rural development and panchayats and labour departments to study possibilities to reduce cost of construction, besides taking benefit of all state and Central government schemes to provide maximum subsidy to weaker sections of society.
He said that SAD-BJP government was committed to provide house, food and employment to all. Under "houses for all" project, the deputy CM has instructed rural development and panchayats, housing and labour departments to provide 50,000, 25,000 and 25,000 houses respectively in urban as well as rural areas.