NGOs, scribes may get Rajiv Swagruha

  • CS seeks a report on modalities

Hyderabad, January 13: After a prolonged exercise and gap, the Telangana Government is mulling options on disposing off Rajiv Swagruha houses, which had no takers till recent days.

Thanks to Telangana Government for taking a step ahead to distribute the same among NGOs and working journalists in the State. Chief Secretary Dr Rajiv Sharma today held a review meeting with concerned officials on the key issue of Rajiv Swagruha apartments.

It is being touted that at the directive of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the meeting was conducted to sort out the issue. It is understood that the Chief Secretary asked the officials to prepare a plan of action on the speedy disposal of these houses. Rajiv Sharma also sought a report on modalities for fixing a price for houses categorized into four. The officials were told to find a way out to ensure that the NGOs and Journalists will be given the flats constructed through e-auction.

On preparation of modalities and a policy to be adopted through CM’s inputs, the government is likely to announce the prices of the houses, it is learnt. It is known fact that those who applied for low cost houses had to refrain from opting them as the price of each house was almost double, irrespective of category. This was attributed to the escalating market price of materials used for construction.

The officials also held a meeting earlier with bank and Army officials to dispose the same. According to information, 3,336 houses were fully constructed and 2,229 houses are half complete. All the apartments have single bed room, double bedroom and triple bedroom houses.

It may be noted that Press Academy Chairman Allam Narayana is said to have urged the Chief Minister to allot these houses to journalists at nominal cost as they cannot afford to pay high prices. Similarly, the government urged by the NGOs for the ready-made houses at nominal price. The meeting assumes significance as the houses failed to find any takers. Now the government is keen to dispose them off considering their appeal for nominal price compared to market price, according to sources. (NSS)

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