BHUBANESWAR: The state government has decided to seek technical know how from the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee for the successful implementation of the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY) for below poverty line (BPL) families.
Conversion of all kutcha ghar to pucca ghar was one of the promises of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in its manifestofor the 2014 polls. However, implementation of the scheme has been less than satisfactory.
Stating that the state government is committed to the implementation of the scheme, minister of state for panchayatiraj Arun Sahu said advanced technical knowhow is required for its proper execution.
Acting Director of CBRI, Yadvendra Pandey today met the minister in the secretariat and discussed about different programmes undertaken by the Institute. Pandey said that the Institute has successfully implemented different scientific methods to complete buildings in time as there is a shortage of building materials now-a-days.
The minister also requested the CBRI for organising training programmes for masons in modern building technology.
The Panchayati Raj department has started training of masons as a part of their skill development.
The State is lagging behind the target for construction of houses under BPGY. The State Government has made a budgetary provision of Rs 700 crore under BPGY. Even as the State Government has set a target to complete 93,234 houses under BPGY during 2015-16, funds were sanctioned for 87,990 housing units. Sources in the Panchayati Raj Department said about 10,000 houses have so far been completed.
The State Government had set a target to construct 1.61 lakh houses in the last financial year for which the Centre had released `684 crore out of an allocation of Rs 876.93 crore.