Andhra Pradesh housing department readies design for Veligonda project oustees – ET RealEstate

ONGOLE: Nearly 15 years after the launch of Veligonda project, the lifeline of drought-hit Prakasam district, the state government has set the stage for construction of rehabilitation colonies for the project oustees. The housing department has finalised the designs and sent them for the government’s approval.

About 7,555 families will get new houses in the rehabilitation colony. Each family would be given about 250 sq yards of land free of cost in which a house would be constructed with Rs 5.5 lakh. “We will call for tenders for construction of houses after getting the nod from the government,” said Gangadhar Gowd, special deputy collector of the project.

The state government has decided to grant a one-time cash compensation as part of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) package. The oustees who opted for a house in the colony would get Rs 6.36 lakh as additional cash compensation. While the SCs would get another Rs 50,000, the STs will get Rs 75,000 as incentive. The government has decided to grant a one-time settlement amount of Rs 12.5 lakh if the beneficiaries do not want to take the house. Newly married couples are included in the beneficiaries’ list. During the initial survey conducted 15 years ago, there were only 4,500 beneficiaries and now another 3,000 families have been added to the list.

With chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy setting August deadline for completion of the first phase of the project, contractor firm Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) is fast tracking it. Realising that Meil might complete the project ahead of the timeline, education minister and local legislator Adimulapu Suresh has urged revenue authorities to expedite rehabilitation and resettlement work.

The minister has prevailed upon the chief minister to grant Rs 1,400 crore to take up the rehabilitation work which has been pending for over a decade-and-half. “The chief minister has not only granted funds for implementation of R&R package but also instructed the officials to ensure that best infrastructure is provided at the colonies,” said Dr Suresh.

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