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PMC plans dream homes
- Civic body nod to hudco for low-income flats

Patna, Dec. 20: Otherwise known as Patna “Narak Nigam” for its poor city management, Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has embarked on a mega scheme for rickshaw-pullers, hawkers, cart-pullers Ś people in the low-income bracket.

The corporation has given green signal to the construction of three apartment blocks housing 12,596 two-room flats for Rs 313 crore. PMC commissioner Rana Awadhesh Singh said: “The project has been awarded to Hudco and would start soon, It is expected to be completed in seven years.”

The commissioner added that in the first phase, 2,500 flats would be constructed. The second and third phase would have 2,000 and 4,112 flats respectively.

The homes would be available on subsidised rates. Though the flats would cost the corporation Rs 1.7 lakh, a beneficiary would get it on a 70-90 per cent rebate, added a PMC official. A person from extremely backward class category can now get a home for Rs 17,000 to Rs 50,000, depending on his financial status.

The apartments would be constructed across Patna at clusters where prospective beneficiaries have been staying so far. Areas in adjoining Khagaul and Danapur have been included in the project, too.

Commissioner Singh said there would also be provisions for community halls, schools, playgrounds, health-centres at the new blocks, along with common sheds for people to keep cattle and park rickshaws and carts.

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