Odisha, February 9, Abhijit Saha: Government has decided to setup 40 permanent shelter houses in Odisha. This decision has been made by the Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UD). Initially at least 40 shelter houses would be setup for the urban homeless throughout the state in Odisha by April this year under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) scheme from Central Government.
These shelter houses would be constructed at Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Rourkela cities and also in all the 30 district headquarters of Odisha. This scheme is being implemented with the aim of rehabilitating the weak sections like single woman, senior citizens and physically disables persons.
These shelter houses would be provided with all the required amenities and will remain open all round the year. These shelter houses would be setup in cities where the population is above one lakh and will have the capacity to accommodate 100 people. These houses would be maintained by local Non Govenment Organization (NGO) after the constructions of these houses are over.
The local bodies from urban origin are asked to send their proposal for the project to the Housing and Urban Development Department who in turn will then send these proposals to the centre. 75 percent of the project would be sponsored by the centre while 25 percent of the remaining fund would be sponsored by the state.
The Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Department Mr. Jyoti Ranjan Mishra said that each of these houses will give minimum 50 square feet of available space for an individual. Once the first phase of this project completes its operation, they would increase the number of these houses gradually.