67,000 new houses for defence personnel

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New Delhi, May 22: In a bid to alleviate the working conditions of Armed Forces personnel, the Union Cabinet today approved the construction of nearly 67,000 dwelling units at an estimated cost of Rs 9396 crore under Phase II of the Married Accommodation Project. The Defence Ministry said here that out of this, over 58,000 units will be for the Army, whereas 5238 will be for the IAF and 3107 for the Navy. The construction of the accomodations will be completed March 31, 2012.

''Today's decision will help the Ministry of Defence to achieve its planned objective of providing married accommodation to defence services personnel within the targeted time. The project will provide a major fillip to a large number of jawans and officers by enabling them to stay with their families in many locations, reducing the stress level as has been pointed out in several studies carried out by various agencies. Work under Phase-II of the project will be executed through open competitive bidding to make the process fair and transparent,'' the Ministry added. The new process would also reduce costs as 7 per cent charge payable to PSUs earlier would not be admissible.

In September, 2001, the Union Cabinet had given its in-principle approval for construction of three lakh houses which are to be completed by the end of this year. Under Phase One, 10,637 dwelling units have already been completed. Out of 86 stations, 100 per cent work has been completed at 17 stations. Nearly Rs 3465 crore have been spent for the project so far.

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