TN focus on housing

News Posted - 2010-03-23

The Tamil Nadu Government has launched major initiatives in rural housing and urban infrastructure in the Budget for 2010-11 presented in the Assembly on Friday.

The Finance Minister, Mr K. Anbazhagan, announced that the ‘Kalaignar Veetu Vasadhi Thittam' aims to transform the thatched huts in rural areas to permanent concrete structures to create a hut-free Tamil Nadu. Over the next six years 21 lakh houses will be constructed under this programme. In the first year three lakh houses will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore with the work starting in the coming financial year in all the village panchayats.

The unit cost of each house will be Rs 60,000 along the lines of the Central Government scheme, Indira Awaas Yojana. In addition, the State Government will construct one lakh houses under the Central Government scheme for which Rs 262 crore has been allocated in the Budget.

In the urban areas 60,000 houses are coming up through the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission in 2010-11, he said.

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The Tamil Nadu Government has launched major initiatives in rural housing and urban infrastructure in the Budget for 2010-11 presented in the Assembly on Friday.

The Finance Minister, Mr K. Anbazhagan, announced that the ‘Kalaignar Veetu Vasadhi Thittam' aims to transform the thatched huts in rural areas to permanent concrete structures to create a hut-free Tamil Nadu. Over the next six years 21 lakh houses will be constructed under this programme. In the first year three lakh houses will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore with the work starting in the coming financial year in all the village panchayats.

The unit cost of each house will be Rs 60,000 along the lines of the Central Government scheme, Indira Awaas Yojana. In addition, the State Government will construct one lakh houses under the Central Government scheme for which Rs 262 crore has been allocated in the Budget.

In the urban areas 60,000 houses are coming up through the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission in 2010-11, he said.

Flood proofing Chennai

Work on the Rs 1,447-crore project for storm water drains and flood protection in the Chennai Corporation area are to commence this month. The project is to be completed in three years, says the budget note for 2010-11.

The State Government has announced plans for a Rs 130-crore sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 120 million litres a day to come up at Koyambedu.

These are among the initiatives to upgrade the urban infrastructure in the State which is among the most urbanised in the country. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission the State Government has taken up projects for Rs 9,271 crore covering drinking water, sewerage facilities, storm water drains, solid waste management and housing. Urban infrastructure facilities are being created with the support of financial institutions such as Japan International Cooperation Agency, KfW and the World Bank which have provided about Rs 2,728 crore.

Source : Business Line 21/3/10