Andhra Pradesh government directs departments to set up basic infra in housing layouts – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: Making another move to making housing for all come to fruition, the state government has directed line departments to take immediate measures to create basic infrastructure in the YSR Jagananna housing layouts.

This is to help the beneficiaries start construction of houses in the plots being distributed over the last two days. The state government has granted the green signal for the construction of about 15 lakh houses in the first phase. The construction of remaining 17 lakh houses in the 31 lakh plots would be commenced during the next financial year.

The state government had readied a model house in the colonies where the houses are to be constructed in the first phase. The beneficiaries have been directed to stick to the model readied by the housing department to reduce the cost. The housing department had already started procurement of cement, steel, window frames, fans, lights and synthetic tanks on wholesale price to bring down the cost of the housing unit.

Meanwhile, key infrastructure departments including rural water supply (RWS), municipal administration, panchayat raj, electricity have been directed to set their focus on creation of infrastructure in the upcoming colonies immediately.

While RWS would provide drinking water facility in rural colonies, municipal administration department would take up the works in colonies created for urban poor. Sources said that the state government had granted its nod for spending of Rs 950 crore for providing drinking water facilities in the new colonies.

The RWS department had deputed field engineers to track the right location to dig borewells. The water would be initially supplied through borewell till the overhand reservoirs were constructed. The department would construct sufficient number of borewells in the colonies depending on the housing units coming up in respective area. “We are planning to create drinking water facilities in about 8000 colonies by March 2021,” said RWS ENC Krishna Reddy.

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Andhra Pradesh CM launches housing scheme in East Godavari district – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: Mixing old and new schemes and dovetailing them to the Centrally-sponsored housing programme, the Andhra Pradesh government launched the house-sites distribution exercise in East Godavari district on Friday

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who formally launched the scheme named after his late father and himself as YSR Jagananna Housing Colonies, said the programme would benefit 30.6 lakh people in the state.

“This is a 15-day festival that we have launched today. We will be building not houses but new townships as more than 17,000 of them will be coming up.

In our election manifesto, we promised to build 25 lakh houses but now we will be building 31 lakh houses,” the Chief Minister said, addressing a public meeting after unveiling the housing programme pylon at Komaragiri village.

In urban areas, one cent and in rural 1.5 cents of land would be allotted to each beneficiary under the programme and the title deeds would be issued in the name of women.

Full title deeds were not being issued to the beneficiaries now because of an impending litigation in the High Court over the programme.

The state government originally wanted to enable the beneficiaries to sell the units in five years but later changed it following the court intervention.

As many as 28.30 lakh of these houses would be built under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana for which the Centre will release a grant of Rs 1.50 lakh per unit.

The Chief Minister said Rs 50,490 crore would be spent on the construction of houses.

He said the house site distribution was a continuous process and no eligible person would be left out, irrespective of their affiliations.

He claimed Rs 23,535 crore worth of land was being given away in the form of house sites.

The state government has decided to dovetail it with the MGNREGP that would cover another Rs 30,000 per unit in rural areas.

Only in urban local bodies, the state government would spend the Rs 30,000 per unit besides providing sand free of cost for construction.

In the first phase, 15.10 lakh houses will be built and the balance will be taken up in the second phase.

The previous Telugu Desam Party government built 2,68,625 housing units under PMAY, which are now being handed over to the beneficiaries.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government, however, announced it was taking the burden of loan on itself for the dwelling unit of the size 365 sqft.

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Indo-Swiss building tech to be used in Andhra Pradesh housing project – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has come forward to offer the ‘Indo-Swiss energy efficient building technology’ for Andhra Pradesh’s housing scheme – Pedalandariki Illu (housing for poor).

Under the ‘Building Energy Efficiency Project’, the BEE would also impart training on this relatively new technology to the engineers and other staff, who will work on the massive housing programme.

The state government would launch the housing programme on December 25 for construction of about 28.3 lakhs houses in two phases. The first phase construction would cover about 15 lakh housing units, including 5.3 lakh dwellings in the limits of various urban local bodies.

According to officials, the Indo-Swiss EE technology would reduce the temperature by about 2-4 degrees inside the houses and save about 20% electricity. Addressing a webinar with energy and housing departments of AP, organised by the BEE in coordination with AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) on the occasion of national energy conservation week, BEE director Saurab Diddi offered technical support for implementing energy efficiency in housing project under Indo-Swiss BEEP.

Secretary for housing, Ajay Jain, said the state government has approved a unique dwelling plan, consisting of one bedroom, living room, kitchen, bath-cum-toilet and veranda.

“Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wants to ensure adequate decent accommodation. In view of this, the government has decided to incorporate energy efficient and thermally comfortable designs in the houses. With the support of BEE, the Indo-Swiss agency had already approached AP government to discuss the project. Under this programme, innovative Indo-Swiss energy efficient and thermally comfortable (EETC) technology building designs would be incorporated in the houses,” said Ajay Jain.

Energy efficient design strategies would be applied in this housing project, thus complying with the Eco-Niwas Samhita 2018 (ECBC-Residential) code under BEEP. The ECBE-R will ensure adequate natural ventilation, reduced electricity consumption by a minimum 20 per cent, improve thermal comfort (cooling), day lighting and provide safe and healthier environment in buildings.

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Andhra Pradesh CM directs officials to commence ‘Housing for All’ project from Dec 25 – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials to commence the construction of houses under ‘Nava RathnaluHousing for All’ project from December 25, immediately after the distribution of house sites.

Jagan, who reviewed the preparedness of the house sites distribution programme with ministers and senior officials at his camp office on Monday, asked officials to keep in mind that they were not constructing mere houses but several thousand villages.

The ground breaking ceremonies in the upcoming housing colonies should be held for a fortnight — from December 25 to January 7 — across the state, the chief minister said, while asking officials to get ready to launch the construction of 15.6 lakh houses in one go. “There should be three options to construct houses for the poor. The government would take full responsibility of construction cost if beneficiaries are willing,” he said.

Officials should allow beneficiaries to construct their houses by providing material and wage component, he added. “The beneficiaries would also be allowed to purchase the material on their own by giving them the cost of material as per standard prices. We should be open to all three options. The beneficiary should be allowed the freedom to make the choice,” the chief minister directed.

Jagan said the government will distribute house sites worth Rs 23,535 crore as they have acquired nearly 68,361 acres for the house sites scheme. He directed officials to hand over a letter to beneficiaries where they could not distribute the house sites due to legal complications. “The beneficiaries should be assured in the letter that they would be given the house site soon after the resolution of cases,” he said, and also asked officials to ensure that all pending cases in the courts should be resolved at the earliest.

The government plans to construct around 28.3 lakh houses in the next three years, starting with 8,914 houses in each assembly segment in the first phase. In the second phase of the programme, 12.7 lakh houses would be launched. “The government will spend Rs 482 crore to provide additional incentive to TIDCO houses of 365 sq ft and 430 sq ft. All houses of 300 sq ft would be registered in the name of beneficiaries for which they need to pay just Rs 1,” the CM said.

Ministers Dharmana Krishnadas, Botcha Satyanarayana, Ch Ranganatha Raju and chief secretary Nilam Sawhney were also present at the review meeting.

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