Govt to construct flats to accommodate 8000 displaced families

Jharkhand government on Saturday decided in principle to construct flats to accommodate 8000 displaced BPL families who lost homes during the anti-encroachment drive at difference places in the state.

Last Updated: May 01, 2011, 00:22 AM IST

Ranchi: Jharkhand government on Saturday decided
in principle to construct flats to accommodate 8000 displaced
BPL families who lost homes during the anti-encroachment drive
at difference places in the state.
"In principle, the cabinet approved the recommendations
submitted by a committee headed by Development Commissioner
Debasish Gupta to identify land and build three-storey
building to provide accommodation of 250 sq feet size as a
long-term plan in the state," Cabinet Secretary Aditya Swaroop
told newsmen here.

Land identification and design for the structures would
be taken up soon, he added.

He, however, said it has not yet been decided whether it
would two-room or one-room flat, adding the accommodation
would be 250 sq feet.

The cabinet also decided to take up a short term plan to
accommodate the displaced people through pitching tents and
providing all basic amenities, he added.

The three-member committee, which was set up to recommend
housing for the displaced following the ongoing
anti-encroachment drive, submitted its report on Thursday.
The opposition raised a hue and cry following the
anti-encroachment drive which had witnessed two police firing
incidents in which four persons died in Dhanbad on Wednesday
and two at Islam Nagar in Ranchi on April 5.

The opposition has called Jharkhand bandh on May 2 in
protest against the incidents.

PTI