KOCHI: Even while the authorities are planning to shift the residents of P&T Colony at Gandhinagar to the apartment complex constructed by the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) at Mundamveli, errors in the list of beneficiaries have become a headache for the authorities. At least five of the total 83 beneficiaries are renters and not the original residents.
Now the authorities will have to prepare a fresh list of beneficiaries after omitting the undeserved ones. “It is learnt that some of the residents rented out the dwellings in the P&T Colony. The list of beneficiaries was prepared during the period of the previous council of the corporation. So, the corporation council will have to discuss the issue,” mayor M Anilkumar said.
Original residents renting out the dwelling units in the colony is a serious issue and the authorities will have to launch a probe into this. “We will also consult with people’s representatives including MP and MLAs for preparing a fresh list. A final decision will be taken only through consensus,” he said.
GCDA chairman K Chandran Pillai said that the commissioning of the apartment complexes will be done by local self-government minister M B Rajesh on Saturday. “The handing over of the keys of apartment units to the residents will be held as a token measure. We have to complete the construction of the compound wall, which will take one week. Anyway, we will shift all the residents of P&T Colony, except a few, to the new apartment complex within a fortnight,” Pillai said.
“There are a total of 83 residential units in the two apartment complexes,” he said. Moreover, three units will be earmarked for reading room, recreation facility, creche and sick room. Rainwater harvesting facilities, overhead water tanks, etc. are there in the complexes. Pillai said that electricity connections to the apartment complexes have been given. Water connection will be ready in a day or two.
Of the total Rs 14.62 crore construction cost, Rs 9.03 crore was allotted by the state government under Life Mission while the Union government gave Rs 1.23 crore under PMAY scheme. Cochin Smart Mission Ltd gave Rs 4.36 crore.
Published On Sep 2, 2023 at 05:00 PM IST
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