VISAKHAPATNAM: The state government will provide houses to all employees both in the city and in the industrial areas on a large scale, chief secretary SP Tucker said here on Tuesday.
The government has identified that due to the lack of houses and other facilities in the industrial areas, thousands of employees and workers are forced to commute 30 to 100 km daily, incurring a heavy financial burden, he said.
A survey conducted by the government, Tucker said, has revealed that if the government provides houses at cheaper cost with all the facilities like entertainment, shopping malls, educational institutions and medical facilities, industrial areas will be developed as satellite towns. At a review meeting on Tuesday on the development of economic cities at four selected places in the district, chief secretary SP Tucker said that over five lakh families had been residing in the city and of them two lakh families do not have their own houses.
The government decided to provide own houses at cheaper cost to the two lakh families. The CS also invited builders to construct apartments at select areas for which the government would give several discounts to the builders and construction companies.
As a part of creation of economic cities, four housing projects would be started at Atchutapuram and Anandapuram. In the first phase of the works, 65,000 houses would be constructed at Atchutapuram and 35,000 houses at Anandapuram, Tucker said. The private construction companies would take up the housing activity in 330 acres while the APIIC would take up the activity in 380 acres at Atchutapuram. The government also gave its nod to construct apartments in an extent of 400 acres at Anandapuram. The CS directed the officials to make arrangements to kick start the works in February.
He directed the officials to visit Kolkata where the government constructed houses on a large scale on less extent of land and to adopt such methods in Vizag. He also said that thousands of employees and workers daily commute from Paravada and Nakkapalli to attend duties in the city. By constructing houses with all facilities, economic cities would be created and revenues up to `20,000 crore would be generated in Visakhapatnam, the CS said.