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Bengaluru, Jan 31: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said rules will be simplified to help the poor to buy sites and build houses.
Speaking after dedicating one lakh multi-story residential projects and handing over houses at Agrahapallya in Yelahanka taluk in Bengaluru on Tuesday, he said building houses will become difficult in the coming days. No specific concessions are available to build houses in the Revenue Act. The land cost has increased due to demand.
With the current rules and regulations, the common people cannot buy sites. So, the State Government proposes to amend the existing rules to help them to build houses and also to make the land available to them at concessional rates, he said.
The chief minister said even the purchase of land for residential purposes and building houses will also be simplified to help the poor to buy sites and houses.
Solutions for problems
The chief minister said the distribution of over three lakh sites in the state by Housing Minister V Somanna is a record and solutions will be there for problems through progressive thinking.
“The government will not run away by leaving problems but by giving solutions and facilities to the people. It is the wish of any person to live with respect in a shelter with family members and even the birds also build nests and live with their families. What the birds enjoy must be there for the human beings also,” he said.
Bommai said in the fast-growing civilization, society must allow the poor people to build small houses and that work must be done by the government.
5 lakh houses in final stages
Bommai said announcements will be plenty but the resources must be earmarked for this purpose.
“The previous government at the fag-end of its tenure promised to build 15 lakh houses but failed to reserve any money. They had kept Rs 3,000 crore as against the requirement of Rs 15,000 crore. So, the subsequent government was unable to build the promised houses,” he said.
Bommai said it was left to the BJP government which came to power in 2019, which had set the target of building 10 lakh houses of which 5 lakh houses are in the final stages of completion.
“The people must be told what is possible. The citizens are still being misled. The elected representatives must know that the people are not intelligent and awakened. None must make false promises and mislead people. You cannot cheat all the people all the time. No one will believe us if we say that everything will be given for free,” he said.
“Responsible people must know where to spend the taxpayer's money. They must not announce populist schemes just to come to power and destroy the whole system. The people will understand everything," CM added.
He said after Somanna became Housing Minister, he gave a new look to the department and focused on the completion of pending houses. The new software was installed to eliminate ineligible beneficiaries.
“The rural housing scheme was taken up seriously and built five lakh houses in the current year. After I became the Chief Minister, five lakh houses are sanctioned of which four lakhs are in rural areas and one lakh houses in urban areas. The selection of beneficiaries is in progress. We are fulfilling our promises,” he said.
Efforts to build one lakh houses in Bengaluru in the last seven years had not become the reality as that announcement was made in hurry without thinking about the availability of land. We cannot build houses in the air. They had promised to build houses without land,’’ he said.
Now, 50,000 houses are constructed on 492 acres of land in different places and they are in different stages of completion. In the first phase, 20,000 houses will be distributed out of which 5,000 houses were distributed today.
A total of 900 houses are distributed in Yelahanka. The houses were distributed in 5 to 6 assembly constituencies. Plans are afoot to build 50,000 houses and hand them over to the beneficiaries.
“They had shown the stone quarries to build houses. Will people like it if they are so much dishonest? The truth must be told to people. Our government is formulating new programmes,” he said.
Housing Minister V Somanna, BDA Chairman S R Vishwanath, Siddu Sawadi, Brahmins Development Corporation Chairman Sachidananda Murthy, former MLA Nagaraj, Housing Department Secretary Dr J Ravishankar, Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner K A Dayanand and others were present.
Modi to Arrive on Feb 6
The chief minister, who later visited Hubballi-Dharwad, told reporters that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Bengaluru to participate in the inauguration of the India Energy Week International Conference and also participate in the HAL Helicopter Production at Tumkuru on February 6.