THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a city where housing schemes drag on for decades, a residential complex has come up at Karimadom in just seven months. The state-of-the-art complex is all set to give a facelift to Karimadom which had been remembered for the unhygienic environment and total neglect from authorities.
The first project to be realized under National urban livelihood mission (NULM) has been accomplished in record time by Urban housing mission (UHM), formed for the implementation of centrally-sponsored housing and livelihood schemes.
The complex, which has been built under ‘Shelter for homeless’ component of NULM, consists of 72 flats with each unit measuring 30sq m. It has been completed at a total cost of Rs 6.3 crore.
According to Binu Francis, director, UHM, formation of SPV helped in direct monitoring of the scheme. As soon as the project was finalized, an SPV was formed with minister for urban affairs as chairman and six directors.
Besides, for the first time, a housing scheme fixed the highest percentage for liquidated damage (LD) which put additional responsibility on the firm which won the contract.
While housing schemes under urban bodies fix nominal LD, UHM has set 0.55% as LD. Karimadom was chosen for the scheme following protests from a group of families who had been living in dilapidated homes since 1972. The usual hassles associated with transit accommodation and delay in finalizing beneficiaries were also resolved.
Each unit has been completed with a living room, a small entrance, a kitchen and a toilet. Besides, the units have been installed with lights and fans.
The project was undertaken by HLL which took up the project on a turnkey basis and once the contract is finalized the firm would have to hand over the key of completed flats within stipulated time.
“All the 72 fsamilies who had been living in bad conditions can now shift to brand new homes. Unlike other schemes NULM doesn’t put financial burden on beneficiaries,” said Binu Francis. The project is backed by 100% subsidy from the Centre.
Each square feet has been estimated at Rs 1,200. The apartment complex will be opened in the first week of August. Meanwhile, the construction of apartments under Basic services for urban poor (BSUP) in the same area at Karimadom is yet to be completed almost seven years after the project was launched.
Credits ET Realty