“At present, 20,000 houses are readily available. The remaining houses are at various stages of construction,” said the minister during the debate on demands for grants for his department.
The government would take up renovation of 7,500 dilapidated tenements at a cost of Rs1,200 crore. The work would be completed within four years, he said.
He said the department would scrap turnkey model in developing housing projects. In terms of quality of construction, he said the newly developed tenements would be on a par with buildings promoted by private developers.
Instead of 220sqft tenements, the government would hereafter construct 420sqft tenements for the poor. He urged the MLAs to help the department identify sites for resettlement of people living along water bodies.
He hit out at the previous AIADMK government for constructing slum clearance board tenements far away from the city. He said more than 20,000 housing units built in 61 projects by the AIADMK government were still unoccupied as they were located in far-off places.
Slum clearance board renamed Urban Habitat Development Board:
Chief minister M K Stalin on Wednesday announced that Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, set up to improve the lives of the financially deprived, will henceforth be known as Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board.
The renaming of the board was being done since the aim is to uplift the livelihood of the people living in huts and raise their standard of living, not just clearing the huts, Stalin said.
Recalling that the board was formed by former chief minister M Karunanidhi during his first stint in Fort St George in 1970, Stalin said the late DMK patriarch’s efforts building thousands of tenements for the poor was appreciated by former Union minister Jagjivan Ram, affectionately called Babuji.
The slum clearance board has programmed to construct 9.53 lakh tenements and individual houses under Housing for All scheme for the urban slum/poor families before 2030.