THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has given administrative sanction for the construction of LIFE towers at Kattakada, which will have 28 units.

The sanction was given along with six other units to come up in different parts of the state including Chengala in Kasaragod (44 units), Kalanjoor in Pathanamthitta (32 units), Edappal in Malappuram (44 units), Kadambanad in Pathanamthitta (56 units), Karimba in Palakkad (72 units) and Eraviperoor in Pathanamthitta (28 Units) under the LIFE Mission project.

In September 2020, the construction of two housing complexes under the LIFE Mission began at Azhoor and Madavoor panchayat. Flats being constructed at Azhoor will house 44 families. The project costs Rs 6.72 crore. The flat at Madavoor is coming up on 1.2 acres of land, which were handed over by the revenue department. The project will be completed at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had inaugurated the construction works online of 29 apartment complexes across the state as part of the LIFE Mission project in 2020.

The total housing units envisaged under the latest proposal, including Kattakada, is 304 and the total plinth area will be 17,613 sq m. The average plinth area cost for the project is 27,747/sq m.

The government had earlier sought a clarification from the chief executive officer, LIFE Mission, for actual increase in the unit cost of external work as the unit cost m/sq was seen increased by 3 to 9% over original unit cost.

The government had directed the CEO of the LIFE Mission to ensure that all amenities are there in the housing clusters and that it shall be constructed to provide a congestion-free building, the order said.

As per the clarification issued by the CEO for cost rise, the cost of construction depends on type of foundation . Cost of external site development works mainly depends on terrain of land, length of compound wall, retaining wall, road development, earth cutting/filling required etc.

It varies from site to site and it cannot be directly compared with number of dwelling units.

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