Jayalalithaa urges special housing scheme for flood-hit
Chennai: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce special housing scheme and to allocate more funds to Tamilnadu to help the flood-hit victims.
Jayalalithaa writes to Modi that, 'You are personally aware of the devastation caused by the recent floods in Tamilnadu, including in Chennai. The people worst-affected in the floods were the poor and the vulnerable both in urban and rural areas.
'Such families lost their huts and dwelling places along with all their household belongings.' Jayalalithaa said the State government has already undertaken an extensive exercise of enumerating the families which suffered destruction of huts and loss of household effects in the floods.
Stating that provision of durable housing to all is a priority for her government, she recalled: 'Accordingly, I have already announced that all those who lost their huts during the recent floods would be provided permanent houses.
This is a programme to be implemented both in rural and in urban areas.' She said: 'In Chennai city, about 50,000 families have already been surveyed and identified living along the banks of the Adayar and Cooum Rivers and the Buckingham Canal.
All of these people would require to be provided alternative housing in order to ensure that they do not continue to live in a very precarious location with their lives and dwelling places at perpetual risk and also to ensure free flow in these important waterways of Chennai city. Out of these 50,000 families, the government of Tamilnadu would be able to accommodate 25,000 families in tenements already constructed and under construction by the Tamilnadu Slum Clearance Board.'
She said for the remaining 25,000 families, the government has prepared a project to construct 50,000 multi-storeyed tenements. The cost of construction per unit of 380 sq. ft, including the cost of providing other common amenities, is expected to be Rs 10 lakh per unit. The total cost of this massive special housing project will be Rs 5000 crore.
'I request you to sanction a special scheme of constructing 50,000 houses for the urban poor who are to be resettled from water courses and water bodies at a total cost of Rs 5000 crore,' she said.
For rural areas, she said one lakh dwellings were required and proposed that the construction of pucca houses in the rural areas can be funded under the Indira Awaas Yojana with an enhanced unit cost of at least Rs 1.5 lakh per house. 'I request you to make a special allocation of 1 lakh houses additionally for the flood affected rural areas in Tamilnadu, over and above the normal allocation for the State, under the Indira Awaas Yojana at an enhanced unit cost,' she said.