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Amma all the way: Jayalalithaa announces marriage halls in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced construction of Amma marriage halls at 11 places in the state at an estimated cost of Rs 83 crore.

According to a news report on the Times of India, these halls are aimed at providing affordable venues to people from poor economic background to conduct weddings and other family functions, these halls will be equipped with air-condition and other facilities, she said in a statement. Arrangements can be made to book the halls through online facility.

“I have ordered Amma marriage halls for the benefit of poor. The halls will have facilities including air-conditioned rooms for bride and groom, guest rooms, dining hall and kitchen,” the CM said, adding that TN housing board and cooperative societies have been ordered to execute the scheme.

The halls will be built in Tondiarpet, Velachery, Ayapakkam, Periyar Nagar, Korattur in Chennai, Anna Nagar in Madurai, Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli, Salem in Salem, Kodungaiyur in Tiruvallur, Udumalaipet in Tirupur.

The chief minister also announced the construction of 50,000 houses through TN slum clearance board at the cost of Rs 1800 crore.

The government would offer a subsidy of Rs 945 crore to the beneficiaries to construct 45,000 houses – Rs 2.1 lakh to each unit.

“I have also ordered another 2,000 lower income/middle income/high income group tenements to be built by the TN housing board during the current fiscal itself,” she said.

Each LIG flat will come up at 645sq ft and will have a hall, two bed rooms and a kitchen. It will cost less than Rs 20 lakh, while MIG flat of 807sq ft will cost Rs 30 lakh.

Jayalalithaa also announced the construction of 908 tenements for rental to TN government employees, 1,266 for sale to public at Rs 401 crore. Under the self-financing scheme, 873 tenements will be built in Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli.

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