Odisha aims 10,000 affordable houses by 2020

Bhubaneswar: Affordable houses in capital city could soon be a reality. The state government plans to construct 10,000 units of these houses for the unorganized sector, and lower and middle income groups by 2020.  
 
This was informed by Housing and Urban Development minister Debi Prasad Mishra here at a stakeholder consultation meeting on Tuesday.
 
“To cater to the needs of economic weaker section and lower income groups, we are planning to build 10,000 units by 2020 under the scheme, formulated six months back,” Mishra said. 
 
 “The cost of the houses will range between Rs 3.5 and Rs 15 lakh which would be affordable for LIG, LMIG and MIG people,” added the minister. 
 
While the scheme is a big success in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharastra, the state government is considering to adopt a single model suitable for cities like Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Rourkela. 
 
“The government has already decided to allot land for the scheme. But we have to consult housing financers, builders, planners and donor agencies before finalizing a single model best suitable for not only Bhubaneswar but other major cities in our state,” chief secretary BK Patnaik said.
 
According to sources the state government may consider the 100 acre land at Gothapatna on the outskirts of the city to materialize the project.
 
“We expect the request for proposal (RFP) within 2-3 months,” I Srinivas, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development department said. 
 
“Since these informal sectors have hardly income proofs, we are in consultation with financers to draw a final shape of the project which is most likely to be developed under both private construction and PPP mode,” stated the official.
 
Implementing the scheme in 2009, the Rajasthan government has so far developed about 70,000 affordable houses.