Thiruvananthapuram will be called as “Slum Free Thiruvananthapuram” soon; as 161 colonies in Thiruvananthapuram will get massive face lift. Government has decided to implement the project “Slum Free Thiruvananthapuram” as a part of Central Government’s Rajiv Gandhi Avas Yojana. Mathipuram colony in Vizhinjam is the first colony chosen for this project. As part of this, 101 flats (three storied) which can accommodate 867 families, 104 (two storied) houses, library, study center, community work centers, garment making unit, community hall, health center vegetable shops, market etc will come up in all colonies. An underground storage facility to keep dry-fish will also come up beneath each flats.
The project got approval from Central Government recently and construction work may start by Thiruvananthapuram corporation this month. Hyderabad, Bhuvaneshwar, Jaipur etc are the only cities other than Thiruvananthapuram got Central Government approval for the project.
The project will be implemented in two different phases in a time period of 18 months each. Electricity, drinking water and on the job training etc will be given free of cost under this project. The project starts by constructing homes for 400 families staying near Muslim Jamaat. Those who have own land will get houses, 153 flats will be constructed to those people do not own land and 47 existing homes in the colony will undergo maintenance.
Central Government will pay half the expense of the project while State Government and Thiruvananthapuram Corporation will pay 30% and 20% respectively. The total cost estimated for Mathipuram colony is Rs 71.5 crore.
News Sourced from “City Kaumudi”