Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Members of low-income group (LIG) such as autorickshaw drivers, beedi and garment workers, maid servants and roadside vendors can now dream of a roof over their heads.

The Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation (RGHC) in coordination with the State Government has come up with ‘Nanna Mane', a low-cost housing scheme for those whose annual income is between Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 1 lakh.

Minister for IT/BT and BWSSB Katta Subramanya Naidu launched ‘Nanne Mane' pilot project at Singanayakanahalli near Yelahanka on Friday. RGHC general manager N.S. Mahadevaprasad told The Hindu that 132 houses would be constructed on a two-acre plot at Singanayakanahalli in the first phase.

“We plan to complete the construction of one block (12 houses) in the next two months after which we will call for applications. People can see the completed houses and apply. The cost of each house (325 sq feet single bed-room) will range between Rs 3.6 lakh and Rs 4.5 lakh,” he said. Asserting that this was not a subsidised scheme, Mr. Mahadevaprasad said: “The Government will provide us land at reasonable costs. Beneficiaries will be selected through lottery system. We will facilitate for bank loans of up to 80 per cent of the cost and the rest will have to be paid initially by the beneficiary.”

“The pilot project will have a police outpost, a post office, a library and a dispensary for the residents. Depending on the success of the pilot project, we will extend the project,” he added.