of Rs 1000 crore has also been set up for this purpose whereby urban poor people will get collateral free bank loan for the houses," he said.
He said that a scheme to involve the private sector in creating housing facilities for the urban poor has been started.
"Under the scheme private sector companies will be given financial support for the construction of houses for the weaker sections and those in the LIG categories," the Prime Minister said.
After Independence, he said, Chandigarh was the first planned city in the country.
"Internationally, the city is known for its architecture and urban design. Amongst all the states and Union Territories the per capita income in this city is the highest. In 2010, it was declared cleanest city and now I expect it should become
the first slum-free city in the country," the PM said.
Inaugurating the housing complex in Dhanas village which would benefit nearly 8,500 families living in slums here, Singh handed over the keys to the first batch of 10 people.
A total of 8,448 flats each of 267 square feet have been built under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme.
Singh congratulated the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry and Chandigarh Administration for the project.
As per an official survey, there are around 25,000 families that have been identified as living in slums in various places in the city, a spokesman said adding, "The idea of the project is to make Chandigarh slum-free."
These flats will be handed over to the beneficiaries on lease for a period of 20 years, after the completion of the time period, the house will be allotted to them, he said.
The complex would have sewage treatment plant (STP), electricity, drinking water supply, school, police station, dispensary among other things.
The flats have a living room, a bathroom and kitchen and are expected to be inhabited by about 50,000 people.
UT Administrator Shivraj Patil has directed officials to plan and set up solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of all the flats.
Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Girija Vyas, Governors of Punjab and Haryana Shivraj Patil and Jagan Nath Pahadia, Chief Ministers