Agartala `best city` in implementing scheme for urban poor

: Agartala, the state capital of Tripura where a housing complex has been built for slum dwellers at a cost of Rs 17 crore, has been adjudged the `best city` for implementing a central scheme for the urban poor.

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 14:55 PM IST

Agartala: Agartala, the state capital of Tripura where a housing complex has been built for slum dwellers at a cost of Rs 17 crore, has been adjudged the `best city` for implementing a central scheme for the urban poor.

The Tripura government constructed a housing complex for slum dwellers which has accommodated 256 families at the new capital complex area here and more such housing facilities would be built, state Urban Development Minister Manik Dey told reporters today.

"Agartala has been selected as the best city for implementing the Basic Service of Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission
(JNNURM)," he said.

The Ministry of Urban Development yesterday informed the state government that its performance was appreciable in providing access to housing and basic infrastructure for poor people living in urban areas, Dey said.

"Agartala may be a small city, but our dream is to make it a green, clean and the most beautiful city in the country," he said.

A prize for best city would be awarded today in New Delhi and a top official of the state government has been sent to receive it, Dey said.

PTI