The Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) will construct tenements and houses at a total cost of more than Rs.1,500 crore this fiscal, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, R.Vaithilingam, told the Assembly on Tuesday.

Moving demands for grants for his department, he said that 3,662 multi-storeyed tenements would be constructed at a cost of Rs.812 crore at Sholinganallur and 500 houses in Kancheepuram, Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli districts at a cost of Rs.43 crore. Besides, on the direction of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, 2,238 rented dwellings of government employees in 17 locations would be demolished and 4,691 new dwellings with higher floor space index built at a cost of Rs.679 crore. For maintenance of rented accommodation of government employees, a special allocation of Rs.10 crore would be made.

In a bid to improve facilities for government staff and also the public, 400 dwellings would be constructed at an estimate cost of Rs.60 crore at Anna Nagar (west extension) and Thiruvanmiyur where the TNHB had adequate land.

Under the Slum Clearance Board, the Minister said that 2,882 tenements would be constructed at a total cost of about Rs.145 crore in Srirangam, Tiruchi, Vandavasi, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Orathanadu and Chennai. The Special Grant of the 13th Finance Commission would be utilised for the purpose. As a part of the Rajiv Housing Scheme, a project envisaging construction of 1,404 multi-storeyed tenements in Kakanji Nagar (Athipattu plan area at Ambattur) at a cost of Rs.108 crore would be taken up with the concurrence of the Centre.

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