The LDF government on Tuesday unveiled a housing project that aims to eradicate the problem of homelessness in Kerala in the next five years.
According to official figures, the state has 4.7 lakh homeless families.
After a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government would construct apartments for those who have neither land nor house, and for those who live in makeshift accommodation. Government services and facilities would be made available at these apartments.
The occupants will not be allowed to sell or rent these flats, and will get ownership of the flats when the EMI repayment is complete.
For those who own land, the government will provide money for the construction of house. Those who have not completed construction of their homes for want of resources will also get government assistance.
The project will have a multi-level implementing mechanism, headed by the chief minister. The estimate will be prepared by the Public Works Department and construction of flats will be monitored by engineering colleges.
The Cabinet also decided to improve infrastructure at government hospitals at all levels, and upgrade 1,000 government schools to international standards.
A “green Kerala consortium” will also be floated to look into waste management, organic farming and water conservation.