Andhra Pradesh to begin construction of Jagananna Colonies from June 1 – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government is all set to launch construction for its ambitious housing for the poor scheme – Jagananna Colonies – from next month.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said on Wednesday that construction of houses in Jagananna Colonies will start from June 1.

Under the programme to be implemented in two phases, around 28.30 lakh houses are to be constructed on YSR Jagananna layouts across the state.

During a review meeting held here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister directed the officials to complete the groundwork by May 25.

He insisted that the works should not be held up by the Covid curfew, and construction activities should be held from 6 am to 12 noon, adding that water and electricity facilities should be provided in the colonies immediately as they are important to start construction work.

He said the construction of these houses during the pandemic will contribute to economic growth as workers will get work and also business transactions will continue due to the purchase of steel, cement and other materials.

The Chief Minister is planning to approach the Central government for additional funds for the housing project as the houses are being constructed on a large scale.

Officials said that after the construction work begins in June, the basements will be completed by September, walls will be built by December and the houses will be completed by June 2022.

Municipal and Urban Development Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, Housing Minister Cherukuvada Sriranganatha Raju, and other senior officials were present at the review meeting.



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Amaravati development body & Vijayawada civic body to identify illegal buildings – ET RealEstate

VIJAYAWADA: Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Authority (AMRDA) and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) have begun a special drive to identify illegal constructions.

The deadline for the Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) ended on 31 December 2020.

Amaravati region, especially Vijayawada, became a hub for real estate after the city became a part of the capital region in 2015. Many builders started group houses that resemble apartments. Most of these constructions had deviations and were constructed by acquiring panchayat plans in 2016. Several middle class families had invested in these flats considering their affordable price.

The then TDP government started BPS scheme in August 2018 and it was extended till December 2020 for various reasons. But many builders and flat owners ignored to complete the penalisation process by submitting necessary documents and penalty charges.

Most of the illegal constructions are half finished group houses and the plan validity of many of these apartments has lapsed. The AMRDA and VMC started issuing notices to illegal constructions asking them to demolish voluntarily. Authorities have given them two months to demolish the structures.
Amaravati development body & Vijayawada civic body to identify illegal buildings“Owners of illegal constructions missed the last chance to pay penalties for their houses. Most of these apartments acquired plans from panchayats before inception of Amaravati Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA). These plans are now inactive and there is no chance of renewal. There is no alternative remedy,” said a senior official at city planning wing of AMRDA.

Meanwhile, plot owners who invested huge money in these buildings are now in limbo with the notices issued by AMRDA. “We have paid Rs 10,000 as token amount for BPS and are waiting for our builder to complete the process. We just came to know after APCRDA stocked notices to the building. Government should give us another chance,” said Rokkam Surya Rao, a buyer from Nidamanuru.



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Andhra Pradesh government readies blueprint to develop suburbs into smart cities – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: In a move that could spur development in urban areas, the government has decided to develop suburban areas with required civic infrastructure.

The municipal administration department has readied a blueprint to make suburban areas into smart cities. Interestingly, the state government has decided to offer house sites to the middle and upper-middle income groups at reasonable prices in the layouts to be readied by the municipal administration department. The plans will be rolled out after the completion of municipal elections.

The urban development authorities (UDAs), which used to handle real estate business by readying layouts with civic infrastructure, would be pressed into resume the business afresh. The UDAs have stopped handling the layout business despite success in many towns and cities. Sources said that the UDAs had confined themselves to the regulating authority to clear the plans for the layouts due to pressure from influential real estate firms.

The urban development authorities had failed to play the role of enforcement authority to curb illegal and unauthorised ventures by private parties. This resulted in many middle and upper-middle income groups being duped by fake and illegal real estate firms.

Hundreds of housing layouts that have come up on the outskirts of the existing towns and cities have remained idle due to lack of civic infrastructure. “The dreams of the middle-class of owning a house were shattered by the civic bodies which could not act fast enough to expand the infrastructure in the outskirts, leading to high stress on land values within the towns and cities. This can be changed only when the basic infrastructure is available in the outskirts,” said Dr Razaq Mohammed, an urban planner.
Andhra Pradesh government readies blueprint to develop suburbs into smart citiesChief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has noticed the gap between the aspirations of the middle-class and the reality with regard to land value, particularly in urban areas.

In order to bring down high land prices, the chief minister has directed the municipal administration department to develop layouts to offer house sites to the middle-class on a no-profit no-loss basis.



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Andhra Pradesh: Tidco houses allotment to be completed by December 20 – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: After dilly-dallying for nearly two years, the state government has prepared a plan for allotment of houses built by Township and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Tidco).

The government has directed district collectors and municipal commissioners to complete the allotment by December 20.

Sources said that the reluctance of banks to grant loans to beneficiaries was the prime reason for the delay in handing over of housing units.

“Municipal commissioners and officials of Mission of Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (Mepma) have been asked to coordinate with the banks to finalise the bank linkage,” said municipal administration minister Botcha Satyanarayana.

Tidco launched construction of nearly 5 lakh houses in G+3 apartment model during the TDP regime in urban areas.
Andhra Pradesh: Tidco houses allotment to be completed by December 20Although the then government wanted to hand over the housing units a little ahead of the general elections, it could not do so as majority of the structures were not finished by the time the election notification was issued.

Sources said that basic structure of nearly 2.6 lakh houses was completed in different towns while the work on the remaining 2.4 lakh did not commence due to various technical issues, including pending land acquisition.



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