Uttar Pradesh to launch urban poor housing scheme

October 7th, 2008 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Oct 7 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will Thursday launch a much-awaited, ambitious housing project for the urban poor, according to officials.The launch will mark the beginning of construction of as many as 110,000 houses that would come up under the Kanshiram Urban Housing Project (KUHP), housing department officials said here Tuesday.

“Apart from the housing department, the Public Works Department (PWD) and various government construction agencies will work on the project,” Housing Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui said.

Under the scheme, the houses will be provided free of cost to the urban poor -destitutes, widows and handicapped people - across the state, the officials added.

For allotment, the state government has fixed 23 percent quota for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, 27 percent for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 50 percent for the general category, they said.

An amount of Rs.5 billion has been earmarked for the project, they added.

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