THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ; Kerala shatters national record constructing 1.5 lakh homes under its public housing scheme - LIFE. 1,50,530 houses were built in two phases, making the state a role model to rest of the country in terms of housing its homeless.
In the first phase, the project picked up 51,887 units left half-way and constructed them to the finish. In the second phase, it built 98.543 houses for those who owned land strips but lacked home of their own.
This unmatched feat, achieved by local self-governments, comes despite the state's struggle through massive flood conditions since two years.
There were 54,186 houses that remained unfinished owing to varied obstacles over the years. Of these, 2,299 cannot be taken ahead owing to legal snags in terms of ownership, succession disputes, death of the beneficiary etc.
LIFE is set to complete 2 lakh units before 26 January, 2020.
A total of 2,29,921 beneficiaries own land. Of this, 1,83,293 people have entered into agreements with their respective local self-government divisions.
Building 98,643 houses was carried out after overcoming loan hurdles at HUDCO. Construction works at 84,650 units are presently in progress, of which only finishing touches remain at 50,000.
LIFE will prop up 80 housing complexes across the districts. For this, Collectors have marked suitable plots in their respective districts, the approvals of which together with their building plans have been through for most projects. The project uses use FIBAB technology for all its constructions.