Housing for two lakh poor : KCR

  • Acquire 2000 acres of land in Hyderabad
  • Rao’s big housing scheme

HYDERABAD: Stating that providing shelter to the poor is the responsibility of the government, Chief Minister Chandarsekhar Rao today directed the officials concerned to acquire land to provide housing facilities to them.

He held a high level review meeting for four hours at Camp Office along with officials and vowed to construct houses for the poor.

The chief minister directed GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar to acquire 2000 acres of land in Hyderabad to provide housing facility for about two lakh poor people in the first phase. Take possession of any vacant lands in Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills or any other posh areas that is left unused or undeveloped, Rao said.

“My Government’s ultimate aim is to see that there is no single family in the city without permanent shelter”, Rao stated. As per recent house hold survey as many as two-lakh poor people are living in twin cities without any housing facility.

When the rich are getting thousands of acres for luxuries, entertainment; universities getting similar land mass; schools getting hundreds of acres; industries and government offices are getting tens of acres, why can’t the government give just 2000 acres for the poor to get their homes, he questioned.

The officials should immediately focus in that direction to acquire land and begin the construction work, he directed. Expressing concern on the lack of shelter, which is a curse, he said that it is the social responsibility of his government to provide the poor with two bedroom flats in an apartment module. The housing for poor will be taken up on par with that of Water Grid to provide safe water to the people in a phased manner.

He also warned that the officials to take a step ahead and avoid middlemen, and those known for irregularities in this big housing scheme. Rao asked the officials to find out the scheme eligibility in coordination with the intelligence wing.

Rao also asked Somesh Kumar to take the responsibility of construction of the housing for poor, a CMO release said. (NSS)

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