Houses for poor from Feb: Indrakaran

  • Govt to purchase land
  • To construct 1000 houses in a constituency

Hyderabad, January 5: State Government is planning to construct 10 lakh houses for poor in the next five years, Housing Minister N Indrakaran Reddy has said.

Talking to mediapersons at Secretariat here on Monday, the minister said as per poll promise, the TRS Government will construct two bedroom houses for the poor from next month. He reminded that recent Assembly Budget session allocated Rs 1,000 crore for housing scheme. Though it was stated that Rs 3.5 lakh will be spent for each house as per new estimations, an additional Rs 1 lakh is needed for the purpose, he said. The issue will be taken to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to take a decision, he stated.

Indrakaran said it was planned to construct at least 1,000 to 2,000 houses in each constituency for which land will be purchased if the existing government land was not sufficient. Referring to irregularities on Indiramma Housing scheme, he said the government will take steps based on a report by CID. As many as 42 lakh houses were constructed so far from 1980 to 2014, he said. He also said as per recent household survey, 22 lakh people are shelterless and about 15 lakh houses are needed to be built.

When asked about proposed disposal of Rajiv Swagruha houses, the minister said the Chief Minister will take a decision. Housing construction will begin at two places – at IDPL in Hyderabad and Nizamabad, he said, adding that basic amenities like drinking water, internal roads, power, sewerage and infrastructure will be provided. (NSS)

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