Andhra Pradesh: Handing over of five lakh houses likely by March-end
VIJAYAWADA: The officials are working to complete and hand over five lakh houses to the beneficiaries by the end of March. The officials told chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday that works are in progress to complete the infrastructure as well for these houses.
The chief minister held a review on housing programme with the officials at his Tadepalli camp office, where he told the officials to maintain quality in construction and provision of infrastructure.
The officials told the chief minister that construction of 2.75 lakh houses was completed, while 74,000 houses in finishing stage. Another 79,000 houses are at the roof level, the officials said. They told the chief minister that Transco officials too have started the work to provide consumer connections to all completed houses simultaneously.
The chief minister said that the government had spent Rs 13,780 crore on housing so far. This year alone, the government has spent Rs 7,630 crore on housing, he said. He told them not to compromise on the quality of the material used for the construction.
The officials told the chief minister that 285 tests are conducted on metal, followed by 34 tests on cement, 84 tests on steel and 95 tests on bricks to ensure quality of the material. The officials further told the chief minister that 36 labs were established to check the quality of construction across the state.
The officials also informed the chief minister that the construction was stopped in the two layouts in Prakasam and Anantapur districts due to court cases. The construction was also delayed for 30,000 houses due to court cases. However, the beneficiaries would get alternative sites and the plots would be handed over to them shortly, the officials said.
The CM said that the government had spent Rs 20,745 crore on the TIDCO houses which were started by the previous TDP government. He said that the TDP government had spent just Rs 8,015 crore on these houses. He further said that this government was giving 300 sft houses free-of-cost to the beneficiaries.