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KHB to allot 10,500 house sites

For better lives: The Centre has agreed to provide Rs. 500 crore to construct houses for slum-dwellers in the State. — File photo: K. Gopinathan

For better lives: The Centre has agreed to provide Rs. 500 crore to construct houses for slum-dwellers in the State. — File photo: K. Gopinathan  

30x40 and 60x40 sites to be allotted at Suryanagar 2nd phase in Bangalore

The Karnataka Housing Board is all set to allot 10,500 house sites at Suryanagar 2nd phase (in the vicinity of Electronics City on Hosur Road), of which 4,500 will be allotted by the end of the current month and the remaining before October.

Minister for Housing Katta Subramanya Naidu told presspersons here on Wednesday that the KHB had invited applications some time ago and applicants had remitted 25 per cent of the cost of 30 ft by 40 ft and 60 ft by 40 ft sites.

Mr. Naidu said “the performance of the KHB has vastly improved over the past six months. We had given our word to the people on the allotment of sites at Suryanagar and we will stick to it. It is the first time that the KHB is allotting sites in such a short period. The KHB will allot over one lakh sites across all urban cities of the State over the next one year.”

Meanwhile, the Union Government, as part of the poverty alleviation schemes, has confirmed to the State Government that it will provide Rs. 500 crore towards the construction of independent houses for all slum-dwellers across the State, including Bangalore, which has the largest number of slums.

The Minister, who recently held discussions with Union Minister for Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja, said that to begin with, the State Government would immediately start allotting property rights to slum-dwellers and later financial support would be provided for the construction of houses.

Property rights

The Union Government has conveyed to the State that slum-dwellers have to be given property rights. It has also stated that all slums should be notified by the Government, and Karnataka has agreed to make the State slum-free over the next three years.

There are 2,704 slums with 15 lakh people in the State's 21 cities and towns, of which 2,204 have been notified by the Government. In Bangalore, there are an estimated 500 slums, and 250 have been notified. Property rights (hakku patra) will be distributed over the next four months.



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