The area of the 10,000 dwelling units to be constructed for handloom weavers by the government under its ‘Green Houses’ programme will be bigger.

As against the standard size of 300 sq ft, these units would have an area of 365 sq ft. The change was in response to a request made by the handloom weavers, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced following a review meeting on Thursday, in which a few of her cabinet colleagues and State government officials participated.

Recalling that she had announced in the Assembly that 10,000 ‘green houses’ would be constructed for the handloom weavers, she said the additional cost of Rs.50,000 per unit would be borne by the government. An amount of Rs.50 crore to meet the enhanced expenditure was also sanctioned by her. The weavers, the Chief Minister said in a statement, had wanted a bigger house since their house was also their worksite and it would be difficult to accommodate their handlooms in the standard size dwelling units.