Punjab government on Tuesday approved construction of one lakh houses for people of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) at "affordable" prices by October 2016.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday gave in principal approval and also issued directions to the concerned departments to identify land in towns, cities and rural areas.
In a meeting about EWS housing here, Badal said Punjab government had planned the project to provide "reasonably" priced houses to all by 2022.
"The first phase of the project will be completed by October 2016 and one lakh people will be given accommodation," he said.
These houses will be provided at 10 per cent of its total construction cost, the deputy CM said.
Stressing on the need of providing "affordable" houses, Badal directed housing, rural development, panchayats and labour department to study all possibilities to reduce cost of construction and take benefit of all the state and central government schemes to provide maximum subsidy to the weaker sections of society.