According to reports, in a remarkable initiative by the state government, as many as 1500 homeless families in the district would soon get ‘green houses’ with provisions for rain water harvesting and solar energy. The district administration has begun efforts to identify beneficiaries of the scheme, which would promote thoughts of conservation and protection among the lower strata of society.
Speaking to TOI, district collector M Karunagaran said all block development officers have been directed to identify beneficiaries from 12 blocks in the district. The government has sanctioned Rs 27 crore to the district to construct the houses.
Under the scheme, the government will construct solar powered houses measuring about 300 sq ft at the unit cost of Rs1.80 lakh. Such houses will be allotted to those who hold small pieces of patta land. The houses will be constructed by either replacing the existing dwellings or in land owned by the beneficiary elsewhere in the concerned village panchayat. The beneficiary should not have benefited under any other housing scheme of the government, informed the collector.
The village panchayats would draw a list of eligible beneficiaries living below poverty line and place it before the grama sabha for its approval. This is part of the government scheme to construct 60,000 green houses with solar power at a cost of Rs1,080 crore during 2011-2012 in rural areas.
Every house will have a living room, bed room, kitchen, toilet and verandah apart from rain water harvesting provisions. The house will have 5 lights powered through solar photo voltaic system, which will be installed and maintained for three years by Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) in coordination with the district officials, he said. The beneficiary will also have the option of an electric connection powered by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.
TEDA will be responsible for training and educating the beneficiaries and panchayat president, panchayat assistant and SHGs on the usage and maintenance of the SPV equipment, he said. The beneficiaries will be selected soon and the work for construction of houses would be completed before March 2012, he added.