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Chief Secy stresses intensifying supervision to expedite house construction for poor in State




 Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed officials of State Housing and Urban Development Department to intensify the field level supervision and expedite the rate of completion of the houses for people belonging to economically weaker sections of the society.

Chairing the State level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee of Odisha Urban Housing Mission (OUHM) here today, Padhi said in another step towards ensuring ‘home for homeless’, the State government has sanctioned 54,275 houses in favour of economically weaker sections of the society living in 113 Urban Local Bodies ( ULBs) as of today.   He further directed to fix officer wise target at the level of ULB and take stock of the progress in regular intervals. It was decided to connect each beneficiary almost in a week for facilitating completion of the houses. The houses are constructed by the beneficiaries themselves and money is released to their account.

The Chief Secretary directed the department to make the fund release process more comfortable and facilitating for the beneficiary. Accordingly it was decided that hence forth Rs 40,000 would be released to the beneficiary at the level of foundation laying, Rs 60,000 would be released after completion of the plinth, Rs 60,000 would be released for roof casting and finally Rs 40,000 would be released for finishing including fixing of doors & windows, electrification and coloring. Secretary, State Housing and Urban Development Department G Mathivathanan appraised that fund support to the beneficiaries is being provided at the earliest within two days of the uploading of the photos of the houses under construction. Each house is being geo-tagged. So far Rs 103.5 crore has already been released to the beneficiaries with zero pendency for payment at OUHM level.

Presenting the updates, Mission Director OUHM Suresh Chandra Dalai appraised that from July, 2016 till May, 2017 around 29,797 houses were sanctioned in three phases. Till now work order has been issued against 24,117 houses thereby recording an achievement of around 84 pc. The construction of  these houses are in different phases.  The sanction order of additional 20,345 houses was communicated to ULBs during the month of November, 2017.  The ULBS are preparing for issue of work order after due verification of land details of the beneficiaries. The committee sanctioned new 5133 houses in today’s meeting with estimated project cost of around Rs 156.40 crore.      

Available data show, each house is estimated around Rs 3 lakh. Out of this Rs 2 lakh is provided by both the Central and State government. Apart from that State government provides Rs 20,000 to each beneficiary as an incentive grant for completion of the houses in four months from the issue of work order; and, Rs 8,000 is provided to the beneficiary from Swachh Bharat Mission for construction of toilet. Rest of the cost is contributed by the beneficiary for construction of his own house.






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