The Karnataka Slum Clearance Board Technical Director Sanna Chittaiah said the Board has constructed 4,340 houses for slum-dwellers across the district including 3,414 in the city.

Taking part in the progress review meeting called by Housing Minister Ambarish here yesterday, Sanna Chittaiah said 190 houses in K.R. Nagar, 620 in Nanjangud and 116 houses in Hunsur have been built. A total 4340 houses built include 2,893 houses built under HUDCO, 763 under VAMBAY, 144 under SPP and 540 under IHSDP schemes, he pointout.

Continuing, he said Mysore has been sanctioned 2,788 houses under JNNURM and BSUP schemes, out of which 2,550 houses have been completed and allotments made in respect of 2470 houses.

The second phase comprises of 2500 houses, out of which 2364 houses have been built and 136 are nearing completion. The Board has built 1040 houses in Ekalavyanagar, which are yet to be occupied by beneficiaries, he said.

Pointing out that more than 55,000 people from 10,689 families were staying in 81 slums, including 62 declared and 19 undeclared slums across the city, Sanna Chittaiah said houses were built for the slum-dwellers at a total cost of Rs. 1407.69 lakhs.

K.R. Nagar MLA S.R. Mahesh took the officials to task for stalling the construction of houses under Basava scheme at K.R. Nagar.

MLAs G.T. Devegowda and M.K. Somashekar urged the Minister to hand over the constructed houses to the City Corporation.

Later, the Minister, accompanied by officials, visited slums at Medar Block, Rajiv Nagar, Gokulam and other areas.

The Minister upon his arrival at the Medar Block slum, was given a warm reception by slum dwellers who burst crackers and performed arathi.

The Minister spent a few minutes listening to the demands of slum-dwellers, who were led by Mysore Slum Dwellers Federation President Yathiraju.

Ambarish’s quick exit left the slum-dwellers hugely disappointed.

Speaking to SOM, Yathiraj said the Minister may have felt that it was an insult to a person of his stature to visit the slums.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore