The state has stepped in to provide affordable houses to the middle class. The Namma Mane (our house) scheme has been formulated to suit the needs and tastes of various segments of people at affordable prices.
The state had announced the scheme in the budget. The scheme involves three types of houses — ‘Bhagya’, ‘Sampada’ and ‘Yashas’ .
“The houses will be constructed for the benefit of the urban poor who are homeless and for middle class families,” minister for housing Katta Subramanya Naidu said. “The cost of each unit would be in the range of Rs3.65 lakh to Rs4.90 lakh,” Naidu, who reviewed the progress of various schemes under his ministry on Wednesday, said.
The ‘Bhagya’ houses will have 325 sq ft built-up area with one bedroom. ‘Sampada’ houses will have 375 sq ft carpet area, with a bedroom and a study room, while ‘Yashas’ houses, with built-up area of 450 sqft, will have two bedrooms. The state plans to construct one lakh houses under the project.
“In Singanayakanahalli, near Yelahanka, we are constructing such houses on a pilot basis. We have already acquired 250 acres of land for the project in and around Bangalore. It will be a self-financed scheme, but the central government has assured that if the scheme is successful, it will pay Rs50,000 per unit to the owner. The houses will be constructed by the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation,” the minister said.
The state budget had allocated Rs920 crore for providing housing facilities in rural and urban areas.
“The government has set a target of giving two lakh houses and as many house sites to the poor by April 2011. The BJP government plans to build 4.5 lakh houses in the next three years to free the state of hut dwellers. A total of 50,000 houses would be constructed in urban areas under the Vajpayee Housing scheme and two lakh sites would be distributed,” said Naidu.