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Karnataka to undertake survey to identify siteless families

The Karnataka government would hire a private firm to undertake a scientific survey for identifying siteless families, Housing Minister V Somanna said on Tuesday.



Bangalore: The Karnataka government would hire a
private firm to undertake a scientific survey for identifying
siteless families, Housing Minister V Somanna said on Tuesday.

Somanna said a survey conducted a few years ago put the
number of such families at 14 lakh, including eight lakh in
Bangalore, but added that as per his information, the actual
figure is not that high.

"By June, we will get a clear picture (on the siteless
families in the state)," he said.

He said the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Ltd
has till date built 16 lakh houses (for BPL families,
scheduled castes and scheduled tribes), adding, the government
has decided to give ownership rights to the beneficiaries if
they pay back Rs 10,000 availed as loans for their
construction under "Ashraya" scheme.

Interest on the principal would also be waived in such
cases, he added.

At the same time, Somannna said majority of the houses
built by the corporation has collapsed.

This corporation neither has the infrastructure nor
efficient staff, the minister admitted. He said the government
is considering the merger this corporation, Slum Clearance
Board and also attaching the "Vajpayee Housing Scheme" with
them, making them a single unit.

Somanna said 4,000 acres to 5,000 acres have been acquired
or in the process of being acquired around Bangalore -- where
there is a demand for one lakh sites -- including Kengeri,
Thavarekere, Yelahanka, Devanahalli and Chikkaballapura.

Karnataka government said recently 30,000 houses and sheds
would be built for the people working in industrial areas,
especially for weaker sections of the labour community and
staff, skilled workers, artisans and also 10,000 houses for
the "weighmen" and "hamalis" working in agricultural markets.

This would be taken up in association with the Karnataka
Small Scale Industries Development Corporation.

PTI

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