Housing Project for Lower-Middle Class Section
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The Mamta Banerjee-led West Bengal Government announced a housing project for people coming under the lower-middle class section of the society who fail to purchase residential property in or around the city. The state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Firhad Hakim said.

The housing project named Nijoshree will comprise of 1 and 2 BHK housing units and will be given to those earning below rupees 30,000 per month. This project has been launched by the State Government after the success of their previously launched project named Bangla Bari under which many slum-dwellers working in Kolkata Municipal Corporation and other civic bodies owned a housing unit.

The citizens earning up to Rs 15,000 per month, will be eligible for the 1BHK housing unit which cover 378 sq. ft. carpet area and those earning up to Rs 30,000 can apply for 2 BHK housing unit that has the carpet area of 559 sq. ft. area. This project will be built on the land available with different bodies and development authorities of the government, the minister said. The 1BHK apartments will cost Rs 7.28 lakhs and the cost of 2BHK flats is listed at rupees 9.26 lakhs. The minister also said that one applicant cannot apply multiple times and the Government is planning to construct 50,000 housing units under the scheme initially. This housing project is expected to be complete in next two-three years.

The State-cabinet also gave its approval for supplying green fuel to greater Kolkata in next five years. The largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company GAIL is likely to work with the Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation Ltd [GCGSCL]. This Calcutta Gas Supply Project will provide clean fuel to households in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia and other parts of the Kolkata city, the minister said. Firhad Hakim, the State minister was quoted saying, Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister wants gas to be supplied to every household at a reasonable rate. in next two years and we will try to set up pipelines network to supply green fuel and in another five years, its supply will start to areas under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority.

All these decisions were taken in the council of ministers meeting that took place yesterday in Kolkata.