Centre grants Rs 34 cr to build houses for urban poor

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Shimla, May 3 (UNI) To provide houses to urban poor in the state under various housing schemes, the Central Government has allocated Rs 34 crore to Himachal Pradesh, Urban Development Minister Kishan Kapoor today said.

Presiding over a review meeting of the departments of Urban Development, Town and Country Planning and Housing here today the Minister said due to increasing urbanistion, the urban population of HP which was seven per cent in 1971 has doubled in 2001.

''Number of cities and towns has now increased to 52 which was 36 in 1971,'' he said, adding that the state government will provide all basic amenities and quality services in these areas.

''The principal objective of Jawahar Lal Nehru Urbanisation Mission is to provide better housing facilities to the poor in urban areas through better infrastructure for the purpose,'' the Minister said ''The State Government had demanded Rs 3,900 crore under the Mission for beautification of Shimla municipality from Centre out of which Rs 38.26 crore has already been received and all implementing agencies of the Mission including Municipal Corporation, HIMUDA, Local Urban Bodies and Town and Country Planning have been directed to prepare a detailed and composite project report through proper coordination''' he added.

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