As owning a house is beyond the reach of the poor and middle class due to an increase in the prices in the ever-expanding Chennai, a satellite township near Thirumazhisai on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway will be created, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Thursday.

Making a suo motu statement, she said the Rs. 2,160-crore Thirumazhisai Satellite Township would come up on 311.05 acres of land owned by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board.

The township would include Chembarambakkam, Kuthambakkam, Parvatharajapuram, Narasingapuram and Vellavedu villages.

A total of 12,000 flats will be constructed and made available to the economically weaker section and low and middle income groups.

She said the government would negotiate with land owners to acquire 12.87 acres to create an approach road to the satellite town, which would have all basic amenities, including drinking water, facilities for disposal of sewage, storm water pipes, streetlights, schools, hospitals, community halls, parks, play grounds and a bus stand.

In Chennai, 554 flats would be constructed on 3.73 acres near Ashok Pillar at a cost of Rs. 100 crore.

The place used to be a furniture factory of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board and had remained unused for the last 15 years.

Similarly, 5.6 acres of vacant land in the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games Village at Koyambedu would be used for constructing a 4.66 lakh sq ft commercial complex at a cost of Rs. 116 crore. Besides, 120 Housing Board flats will also be constructed on 1.44 lakh sq ft at a cost of Rs. 33 crore.

As 2011 is the golden jubilee year for the TNHB, the Chief Minister announced that allocation of housing board plots, flats and house to the differently abled would be increased to three per cent from one per cent.

17-storey office complex

Ms. Jayalalithaa said the government would construct a 17-storey office complex at Nandanam to meet the requirement of office space. The Rs. 100-crore green building would come up on two lakh sq. ft of space and the rent would be utilised for the maintenance of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board flats.