Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Friday approved proposals for construction of houses for 22,227 more families under the Odisha Urban Awan Yojana.
An approval committee of the Odisha Urban Housing Mission meeting held under Chief Secretary AP Padhi approved the proposals for construction of houses for the above number of beneficiaries living in 86 urban regions across the State.
The Chief Secretary directed the Housing and Urban Development Department to provide financial assistances to beneficiaries through bank accounts on time. He asked the department to include cities having more slums in the yojana on a priority basis.
It may be noted both the Central and State Governments provide funds for construction of the houses under the scheme. While the Union Government gives Rs 1,50,000, the State Government contributes Rs 50,000. The beneficiaries also spend a share, which can be upto Rs 1 lakh, as per the size of the house.
It was revealed that 28,749 households living in 88 urban areas have been included in the scheme. Besides, house construction process has started for 7,300 slum dwellers living in Rourkela and Bhubaneswar under the Slum Development Project. A total of 6,442 houses have been constructed for weaker section families in Bhubaneswar, Jatni and Khordha.
Among others, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Forests and Environment ACS Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, GA Special Secretary Ashok Kumar Meena, Revenue and Disaster Management Principal Secretary Dr Chandrashekhar Kumar, Housing and Urban Development Secretary G Mathivathanan and Odisha Urban Awas Mission Director Suresh Chandra Dalai were present.