SHELTER FOR ALL BY DECEMBER 2022
Context: The Housing Department has set itself a target of constructing six lakh rural homes under various schemes in the next three years and completing construction of 46,000 houses in Bengaluru for the urban poor by December this year.
Overall, the department is aiming at “shelter for all” by December 2022.
- The 46,000 houses are part of the ambitious project of building one lakh houses for Bengaluru’s urban poor that was announced during former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tenure.
- The government has also decided to increase the annual income eligibility for beneficiaries in this scheme from the existing 87,600 to 3 lakh.
- While the initial project design had been prepared to construct high-rise buildings (ground plus 14 floors) to accommodate the one lakh houses, it has now been decided to have high-rise buildings only for the 46,000 houses.
- The remaining will be ground plus three floors.
- As of now, work on 4.4 lakh houses that were approved under various schemes is under progress at various stages.
- For the rural houses, along with Aadhaar card, BPL cards will also be mandatory.
- This is to ensure that those below the poverty line get priority.
VIGILANCE SQUAD, APP
- To bring in transparency and accountability in the implementation of various housing projects and check irregularities, the department has developed a ‘Vasati Vigil’ mobile application.
- The app will help nodal officers monitor progress real time.
- Top officials, who will inspect ongoing projects, will record the progress on the mobile app and funds will be released only when the progress report is cleared at all levels.
- Also, in the wake of large-scale irregularities in housing targets with cowsheds and goat sheds being counted as dwelling units, the department has set up a vigilance squad on the lines of similar teams functioning in KSRTC and BESCOM.
The decision will give renewed impetus to housing projects in the State.