Odisha Urban Housing Mission makes headway; Construction of 33000 houses fastened in 4 months; New 12865 houses approved in SLSMC

Bhubaneswar: Following directions of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi, Odisha Urban Housing Mission has made headway in last 4 months. Construction of around 33,000 have been put to first track in different ULBs during this period out of which construction of around 10,000 houses have been completed and 23000 are in different stages of completion.

This was known from the progress review presented in the State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee meeting held under Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary in secretariat conference hall today wherein Secretary Housing & Urban Development Sri G.Mathivathanan outlined the issues and Director Odisha Urban Housing Mission Dr Suresh Chandra Dalai presented the updates for discussion. Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed the Mission to complete preparation of the Action Plan for Housing to urban poor in all 114 ULBs on saturation mode by end of October, 2018.

The meeting approved the 47 new DPRs estimated at the cost of around Rs. 383.29 cr for different ULBs. A total number of 12,865 new dwelling units will be constructed under these projects. The committee further approved constitution of a State level Technical Cell to provide technical assistance in preparation of action plan,
coordination, advisory services, execution of the DPRs and early completion of the construction. Similarly, the proposal for utilizing the services of 119 professionals in city level technical cells also received nod of the committee. Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to undertake regular quality monitoring exercise through a third
party professional body.

Available data show, earlier 204 DPRs was approved for 111 ULBs. It was targeted to construct 59,121 dwelling units under these projects. Out of this, so far around 42 000 work orders have been issued to the beneficiaries, 10,000 houses have been completed and 23,332 houses are in different stages of completion.

Under the Mission, the beneficiaries are given assistance of Rs. 2 lakhs each from various schemes through convergence for construction of his own house. Around Rs.1.5 lakh comes from PMAY of Government of India and Rs.50,000/- additional fund is provided by Government of Odisha. Apart from this, Rs.8000/- is provided under urban sanitation scheme for construction of household toilet. Over and above this, Rs.20,000/- to Rs.10,000/- is provided to the beneficiary by State Government as incentive towards completion of the construction within 4 and 6 months respectively.

Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sri Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Principal Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Dr Chandra Sekhar Kumar, Secretary Housing and Urban Development Sri G. Mathivathnan, Director Urban Housing Mission Dr S. C. Dalai along with senior officers from respective departments participated in the deliberations.

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