2.6 lakh houses to be built for poor in one year; cost to be brought down

Hyderabad: Cabinet Sub-Committee on Housing Scheme has directed the district collectors to complete the tender process by February, to construct 2.60 lakh houses within a year. The committee decided to offer required sand free of cost and cement at company price to reduce the construction by Rs 50,000 per unit, besides empowering the collectors to spend funds for speedy completion of the works.

Housing Minister A Indrakaran Reddy chaired the committee meeting attended by members T Harish Rao, G Jagadish Reddy and P Mahender Reddy and decided to give subsidies to speed up the construction works. Speaking to reporters later, Indrakaran Reddy said that as per Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s vision to provide permanent shelter to the poor it was decided to speed up the works.

The government has decided to reduce the cost of construction of each house by Rs 50,000 by free supply of sand and cement on company price. Tender process will be completed in February and MLAs and collectors will select the beneficiaries. “Our ultimate goal is to complete the two bedroom houses and handover the same to the poor in all districts” he said. A nodal officer will be appointed to coordinate and speed up the double bedroom scheme, he added. The minister said that the committee will submit a report to KCR for his nod to expedite the works. –NSS

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