Mangaluru, June 25, 2015 : Reports indicate that Mangaluru City Corporation plans apartments for pourakarmikas (civic workers) at Mahakalipadpu at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.40 crore. The ground plus three floor apartment would have 32 houses. Each floor would have eight flats, reliable reports indicate.
An agenda to this effect is likely to come up before the meeting of the corporation council scheduled on June 29 for its approval, they said. They said that of the permanent civic workers in the corporation, 60 pourakarmikas do not have either own sites or houses. They have put in more than 10 years of service. The apartment proposed would be for such workers.
The Directorate of Municipal Administration has directed the corporation to build apartment blocks for such workers. It has directed that if permanent civic workers had own sites the corporation could build houses for them in their sites. It has directed the corporation to prepare a project proposal to this effect and send it to the directorate for approval for releasing funds.
The apartment proposed would come up on survey number 74 at Mahakalipadpu. The 32 houses would be built in the first phase. Each house of 500 sq. ft. area would cost Rs. 7.50 lakh. The beneficiary worker would have to bear 20 per cent of the cost either through a bank loan or on their own. The corporation has plans to build apartments for the remaining civic workers in phases.
Poor to get homes : According to J.R. Lobo, MLA, Mangaluru City South, the city corporation has received more than 1,200 applications seeking sites from the poor in general. He said that a blueprint has been prepared for constructing ‘ground plus two’ type apartment blocks in Kannur in about 11 acre land. About 500 applicants would be accommodated in it in the first phase. Each flat would cost Rs. 4 lakh. The government would grant Rs. 1.20 lakh and the city corporation would grant Rs. 20,000 per flat. The balance amount would have to be borne by beneficiaries through bank loan.