Four lakh houses will be built in Karnataka for the underprivileged: UT...

    Four lakh houses will be built in Karnataka for the underprivileged: UT Khader

    Affirming the Karnataka government’s commitment to the housing sector, urban development minister UT Khader on Thursday said, “The state government will build four lakh houses across Karnataka for the underprivileged sections of society, of which one lakh will be built in Bengaluru.”
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    Khader, who participated in the inaugural ceremony of the second edition of New India Summit on ‘Emerging Cities, India’s Future’ organised by Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India (Credai) at the newly constructed KSOU Convocation Hall, said that the government would render the process to obtain clearances for builders and developers simpler by introducing a single-window clearance system for no-objection certificates and licences. “This will be launched by chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru on December 15,” Khader said.

    The minister said that he was looking to collect feedback to help improve living experience in urban spaces in the state. “As soon as I took charge of the urban development and housing department, I instructed officials to eliminate all middlemen and stressed the role of efficiency,” said Khader.

    Elaborating on the nitty-gritty of the single-window system, Khader said, “The mechanism is supported by a software that will prevent builders from having to run from pillar to post to seek approval. Once the application is submitted to the system, the applicant will know if it has been accepted or rejected within seconds. The date of inspection will be sent to the applicant in 15 days, and the inspection itself will be completed within 30 days of the application’s submission.”

    He said the government had identified an area of 1,000 acres in Bengaluru to construct one lakh houses for economically weaker sections of the society. “The CM will lay the foundation stone for the project on January 26,’ said Khader.

    Meanwhile, Mysuru MP Pratap Simha, outlining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, said, “He wants every citizen in the country to have a home. To realise PM’s dream, support from Credai is very important.”

    ‘Do not pollute the environment’

    Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar, meanwhile, advised builders and developers not to pollute air, water and cause damage to the soil while implementing smart city projects and other developmental schemes.

    However, the spiritual guru also batted for a single window clearance system to ensure efficient functioning of the real estate sector. “Architecture also plays a role in creating a happy atmosphere. We should give equal importance to Vaastu. People in Europe and America are talking about Vaastu, and conducting research on the subject,” he said.

    Urging the government and civic agencies to plant local trees, Sri Sri Ravishankar said, “Many years ago, when former Tamil Nadu minister Kamaraj visited Russia, he found some bushes there and brought them to Ramanathapuram in the state thinking it would help the people. But today, the soil in the district has been left spoiled. Similarly, a prominent leader from Karnataka got acacia trees from Australia and planted them in Tumakuru. As a result, underground water in the region was depleted. But, once these trees were replaced with native species, the groundwater table was recharged.” He said more banyan and neem trees must be planted in the country.

    Advising the top brass in industries to create a position to monitor the health of their employees, Sri Sri Ravishankar said, “Do not think that your job is done by providing salary and bonus to workers. You should also ensure that employees do not get addicted to alcohol. The strength of the workers is not what it was ten years ago. Hence, we must pay attention to see they are mentally and physically fit.”

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