Those building new homes and those who plan to upgrade their houses with environment-friendly features can benefit from the scheme.
The project is being launched in the state with an aim of having homes with scientific solutions to dispose solid and liquid waste, alternative energy solutions like use of solar power, well-recharging methods, rain water harvesting and other eco-friendly measures.
“The government will provide a subsidy of Rs 20,000 to such homes. The rest of the cost will have to be borne by the house owners. It is going to be an experimental move as we need to wait and watch as to how many people will come forward for the initiative,” said T N Seema, chairperson, Haritha Keralam Mission.
The administration is in the process of working out a selection criteria for the first green homes in the district. “Various recommendations are being considered like submission of list after initial approval by gram sabhas or direct, voluntary submission by people and then having a selection committee to evaluate the entries,” an official said.
T N Seema said that the project will cover only houses in the first phase and inclusion of apartments will be considered later. It will be for the first time that residents in the district could avail subsidies for a set of eco-friendly initiatives apart from source-level waste processing. The state government has directed local bodies and Suchitwa Mission to allocate 50% of project cost as subsidy for setting up source-level waste management initiatives and the maximum amount would be Rs 5,000.
Haritha Keralam Mission has tied up with Kudumbashree to initiate a similar project in Malappuram titled ‘Thanima’, under which all houses are being upgraded with eco-friendly features.
The district panchayat had made use of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to dig one akh rain water pits in various parts of the district which covered vacant plots and household premises. Besides, 2,032 farm ponds were made by MGNREGS workers across 73 panchayats in the district and according to the estimate these ponds have a cumulative capacity to store 3.72 lakh kilo litres of water.
As part of the green homes scheme, 16,500 rain water pits will be additionally made in the district. The city corporation has recently launched a scheme to cleanse major water bodies in the district and close to 5,000 houses across various wards which had directed their liquid waste to water bodies were served notices and were made to set up alternative arrangements to process liquid waste.