Global tech houses in Tamil Nadu will be given to poor: Chief minister – ET RealEstate

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami

CHENNAI: The construction of 1,152 houses here under the Light House Projects, Global Housing Technology Challenge-India is set to be completed within 15 months and would be allotted to the urban poor, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said here on Friday.

The disaster-proof tenements, that come with eco- friendly features suitable for diverse climatic conditions would be allotted to urban poor, families living on the banks of waterways and other objectionable lands here, he said taking part virtually in the foundation stone laying function for the initiative.

From Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of LHPs under the GHTC-India at six sites spread across six states including Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura. The project is aimed at building houses in multiple cities of the country in 12 months.

Palaniswami said the Centre has sanctioned construction of 1,152 tenements with an area of 413 sq ft at Perumbakkam here at a cost of Rs 116.27 crore.

Under the LHPs-GHTC-India plan, tenements shall have amenities like a fair price shop, two Anganwadi centres, a library, a milk booth and six shops.

“The project will also have a sewage treatment plant and an electrical sub-station,” he said adding the work would be completed within 15 months.

The state government was pleased to partner with the Central government in such initiatives and projects, he said.

Tamil Nadu is the most urbanised state in the country where 48.45 per cent of the total population lived in urban areas and 14.63 lakh families among them in slums.

To address the housing needs of urban slum families, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had unveiled TN Vision 2023, which envisages slum-free cities in the state by 2023, he recalled.

Palaniswami also mentioned his recent announcement of additional sanction of Rs 70,000 by the state government for beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin scheme.

Under the PMAY (Urban), sanction has been accorded for construction of 1,62,720 (multi-storied) tenements and 3,42,769 individual houses at a total cost of Rs 27,000 crore, he said.

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Construction begins on TNHB’s Rs 103 crore high-rise project in Trichy – ET RealEstate

TRICHY: The Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) has started construction work on a high-rise residential project in the city at Old Circuit House colony near Mannarpuram, at an outlay of Rs 103.5 crore. Four skyscrapers with 14-15 floors each will come up at the site with 464 flats.

The existing housing units at the site were demolished months ago and the the foundation work for the buildings was taken up after TNHB availed environmental clearance from the state environment impact assessment authority on December 1. Block 1 and 2 shall have 14 floors each, while block 3 and 4 will have 15 floors each.

The sewage from the buildings will be connected to the underground drainage network and sewerage from the blocks is proposed to be recycled and used for watering the green space proposed on the site. Trichy corporation will be supplying 213 KLD to meet construction requirements.

The facility is estimated to generate 1,242 kg of waste per day of which non-biodegradable waste will be recycled through scrap vendors. As for amenities, the TNHB complex will get green space with play area for children, community hall and likely a library.

“The project is being taken up under Tamil Nadu government servants rental housing scheme and will be utilised as housing quarters for various department officials. The work is expected to be completed in two years,” a TNHB official said.

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Tamil Nadu government revises unit cost for PMAY-Rural beneficiaries by Rs 50,000 – ET RealEstate

CHENNAI: With a price hike in construction materials, the Tamil Nadu government has revised the unit cost for houses constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (rural) by Rs 50,000 per unit.

This would cost an additional Rs 1805.4 crore to the state government’s exchequer benefiting about 2.5 lakh beneficiaries, stated an official statement on Tuesday.

In a statement here, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that each beneficiary under the scheme will get a revised unit cost of Rs 2.4 lakh. The additional financial assistance would help those who are unable to complete their constructions, he added.

In total, the beneficiaries will get a total of Rs. 2.7 lakh including Rs 23,000 based on 90 man days under MGNREGA and Rs 12,000 to construct toilets.

The statement further said that the issue pertaining to spiralling prices of construction materials and those lost their livelihood following the outbreak of COVID-19 were unable to complete their constructions under on the PMAY (Rural) with the available unit cost was brought to the notice during a review meeting by the chief minister.

More than four lakh houses are constructed under the PMAY (rural) scheme in the state.

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Dilapidated buildings pose risk to Tamil Nadu housing board unit residents – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: The dilapidated condition of buildings has become a cause for concern for residents of 960 apartments of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB), Singanllur unit.

A month ago, the portico of a house collapsed. Fortunately, no one was hurt. As a result, residents fear that the TNHB could demolish the 30-year-old building.

They also fear that TNHB may increase the height of the four-storeyed apartments to 10-storeyed and sell off the remaining open space for a profit or build more apartments in the open space. This move will reduce the residents’ ownership of the land and make the place more congested, they said.

The apartment units were built in an area of over 17.55 acres in ward 64. “The buildings are dilapidated, walls have cracks and a month back a portico also collapsed,” Tamilmani Pichimuthu, a resident, said. “Last year, deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam inspected it and ordered that the buildings have to be renovated or repaired. However, TNHB seems to be using this opportunity to make a profit out of it by cheating us over our share of space,” he added.

V Manoharan, another resident, said they heard that TNHB has plans to build 10 storey apartments spread over 4 acres, and move all the 960 existing apartment owners there. “They plan to sell off the remaining 11 acres or so for a profit or build larger higher income group apartments in the remaining land. We are against being crammed into 10-storeyed apartments because it reduces our ownership of the land, reduces the open space we have around for all our happy and sad occasions and we are scared that when a three storey apartment can crumble in 30 years, how they plan to maintain a 10-storeyed apartment,” he asked.

The residents demand that TNHB immediately renovate or rebuild their apartments, before people get injured, but in the same positions. “If they want to make a profit or get back the costs of renovating our apartments, let them increase the height of our buildings and sell off the upper storeys for a profit or to new allottees. But we will not agree to be moved into higher floors or storeys than where we are now,” Manoharan added.

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