Submitted by Subeditor on Mon, 2016-01-25 21:08 Mangaluru: A four-acre land at Shaktinagar has been identified for constructing a building to shelter over 800 homeless people, currently residing in Mangaluru South Constituency, under Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation. Mangaluru South MLA JR Lobo said “over 2,000 people had already applied for houses in Mangaluru South Constituency”. “However, it is not possible to provide houses to all. Applicants and beneficiaries will be selected based on their economic condition,” said Lobo, adding that in the first phase, a total of 800 houses would be provided to the homeless. “Each house will be built at the cost of Rs5 lakh, in which Rs 3 lakh will be provided by the state government. The beneficiaries from SC/ST community have to pay Rs 50,000 and other beneficiaries have to pay Rs1.3 lakh to receive the houses,” explained Lobo. But he clarified that the beneficiaries need not pay the amount at once. “It can be repaid through installments after securing loans from banks. The government will help the beneficiaries in securing the loan. The remaining amount will be provided by Mangalore City Corporation (MCC),” he said. He said that housing project would have facilities such as parking, playgrounds, drinking water connection among others. Each house will have a bedroom, kitchen, hall, and an attached bath room and toilet, Lobo said.