According to reports, the Tamil Nadu government has allocated Rs 1,260 crore for the construction of 60,000 solar-powered green houses under phase three of a programme meant to provide houses to underprivileged people.
According to an official release, chief minister J Jayalalithaa has allocated the sum for the current fiscal year.
The programme launched by the AIADMK government guaranteed a house for an underprivileged person in a 300sqft built-up area. The cost of each house is estimated to be Rs 2.1 lakh. This includes Rs 30,000 for the installation of solar panels.
As many as 60,000 houses were constructed in the first phase of the scheme and the second phase is nearing completion, the release said.
In the first year, the state spent Rs 1.8 lakh for each unit and allocated Rs 1,080 crore. Keeping with the rise in the prices of construction material, the cost was revised this year.
The government plans to complete three lakh houses in its five-year term.