AGARTALA | March 04, 2019:

The central government has sanctioned 1000 flats for the urban poor and marginalized section of people living at Agartala under the Global Technology Challenge (GTC) scheme.

An announcement in this regard was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a programme held in ‘Vigyan Bhawan’ of Delhi yesterday.

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The scheme is not Tripura-specific but states of Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have also been included in the ambit of the scheme. The central ministry of Housing and Urban Development has already given sanction to the scheme.

For Tripura, one thousand flats have been approved and all these flats will be constructed with application of special technology so that they become earthquake-resistant and environment friendly.

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The construction of flats will entail expenses of Rs 8-10 lakh each out of which the Centre will sanction Rs 3.5 lakh each for the states.

Considering the impoverished condition of the state’s backward people, the state government will bear the rest of the expenses for each flat. Official sources said that the state government will launch the implementation of the project with the initial amount of Rs 50 crores.

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Sources in the urban development department said that a site spanning over 2.86 hectres in border Gol Chakkar area has already been selected for launching the project.

A number of multi-storied buildings will be constructed on the spot and gradually government land in other areas will come under the project.

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The urban development department is determined to ensure construction of high-quality buildings within the specifications set by Centre, sources added.



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