The ‘Onti Mane’ scheme which was put on wait, owing to the pandemic will soon be resumed, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai assured. This housing project offers Rs 5 lakh aid for SC/ST, OBC, and minority groups to construct houses in their properties.
‘Onti Mane’ scheme
Bommai, who examined various development works in the Chickpet constituency, said the scheme allowed the poor to build a house for themselves.
“I will pass an order to restart the program. It was a successful scheme and has helped many people belonging to the weaker sections. We had stopped the program owing to the pandemic situation. We will soon determine how many houses should be granted for every ward and issue an order,” he said.
According to reports, the ‘Onti Mane’ housing project offers Rs 5 lakh aid for SC/ST, OBC, and minority groups to construct houses in their properties. Inaugurating the redeveloped Byrasandra lake, the Chief Minister urged the civic body to set up STPs near lakes to ensure only treated water enters the lakes.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) also said it has identified 2,780 families, each of whom will be provided Rs 5 lakh to build homes under the scheme. The officials confirmed that financial assistance of Rs 139 crore will be given to the beneficiaries to build houses, but they should have their own sites.
The Chief Minister also stated that the government had taken up all necessary measures to enforce the Akrama-Sakrama scheme to regularise revenue pockets in the city, where it was the poor who had mostly bought properties.
“We have presented all necessary documents to the Supreme Court, where a case in this regard is pending. Once the legal hurdles are cleared, these revenue pockets will be regularised and comprehensive development works will be taken up,” he said.
The waterway project
Bommai also examined the progress of the K-100 waterway project aimed at restoring the 12 km-long stormwater drain connecting Majestic to Bellandur lake into an attractive waterfront and the multi-level parking facility coming up at Gandhi Bazaar.
“This is an experiment that the city needed. It was part of former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s Mission 2022. In three months’ time, the first phase will be inaugurated and I will get Mr. Yediyurappa only to inaugurate this project,” he said.
“The first phase of the waterway project will be completed in the next three months. We hope that the success of this project will be replicated across other stormwater drains in the city,” he said.
He also threw open the rejuvenated Byrasandra Lake and laid foundation stones for a multi-level car parking in Gandhi Bazaar and a multi-storey housing project for the poor in K.R. Market.
The Chief Minister also stated that the suburban rail, for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone on June 20, and the Peripheral Ring Road project, for which the State government had already contacted tenders, would decongest the city.