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Housing relief for the poor in Bengaluru

The state government has set an ambitious target of constructing two lakh houses over 1,000 acres for the benefit of people from economically weaker sections.

: In keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘housing for all by 2022’, the state government has set an ambitious target of constructing two lakh houses over 1,000 acres for the benefit of people from economically weaker sections. 

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa told reporters on Thursday that his government has decided to build 10-to-12-storey buildings in different parts of Bengaluru over the next three to four years. After a marathon meeting with officials of the finance department he also said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, aims to ensure everyone has a house by 2022.

Yediyurappa said the residential project, which the housing department will implement, will have amenities such as lifts. It would be developed on the lines of projects in Gujarat and some other states. He said he would inspect “two to three spots” in a week or two to finalise plans for the project. 

This year the target is to build two lakh houses. To complete this, the government has identified 1,000 acres of land. Officials say the scheme was meant for urban poor who would be provided houses at subsidised rates. 

Yediyurappa said he and senior leaders and officials had held discussions on framing regulations for the implementation of the Debt Relief Act — an initiative of outgoing chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, who ensured a government order, was issued in this regard during his last day in office. 

Yediyurappa said that the government had held elaborate discussions with the aim of implementing the Act in an effective manner so that people are aware of this law. The law aims at providing relief to farmers and people from weaker sections, who borrow from private money lenders which is one of the reasons behind farmer suicides in the state.

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