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Flats for cops fighting rebels on cards

Jamshedpur, Oct. 1: Construction of integrated housing colonies in Ranchi and Jamshedpur for men in uniform posted in various rebel-hit pockets of the state will start by 2012-end.

State principal home secretary J.B. Tubid, who was in Jamshedpur on a personal visit, told The Telegraph that the process of inviting bids from experienced builders for this five-year, Rs 300-crore project, started last month.

Funded by the 13th Finance Commission to the tune of Rs 300 crore, the project will be implemented by Jharkhand Police Housing Corporation Limited.

“The ambitious integrated project aims to help personnel keep their minds off family housing problems or worries over their children’s education so that they focus better on their job, which is a very tough and tactical one,” said Tubid.

He added this was why they envisaged “integrated housing colonies”, where along with flats, colonies will include parking lots, open greens, fire-fighting apparatuses, leisure hubs and community-cum-marriage halls and will be near schools and hospitals.

As planned now, the housing project in both Jamshedpur and Ranchi will comprise nine-storey apartments. An apartment will comprise 36 flats. Units will come in two sizes — 1,000sqft carpet area for officers and 800sqft for constables.

“Land is a precious commodity in both cities, which is why we have to make planned high-rises with an optimum use of space. It is a five-year project. After Jamshedpur and Ranchi we may plan similar residential complexes in Dhanbad and Hazaribagh. We want families of police personnel have basic amenities such as drinking water, power and healthcare as well as good schooling and recreation,” said the principal home secretary.

On the state strategy against Maoists, Tubid reiterated the “vigorous implementation of time-tested integrated action plan (IAP) where people in rural areas reap benefits of central and state flagship schemes”.

“When villagers have access to benefits of the Centre and the state government through schemes decided by the district-level coordination committee headed by the respective deputy commissioner and comprising the superintendent of police and district forest officials, rebels lose their influence,” he said.

Tubid said Jharkhand was working closely with neighbouring Odisha to curb illegal mining.

“The coordination committee comprising officials from both states would meet regularly to curb this activity,” he stressed.