Guntur civic body to take over Kalpa apartments – ET RealEstate

GUNTUR: In what could be a big relief for inmates of Rajiv Gruha Kalpa apartments in the city, Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) has decided to take over the Rajiv Gruha Kalpa assets for better maintenance.

The residents have been complaining that the Housing Board, which constructed the apartments, is not taking measures to resolve drinking water and drainage issues for over a decade. All the inmates are BPL families and could not take up maintenance works on their own.

While the Housing Board washed off its hands after completion of the construction, the GMC could not enter the property as it did not have property rights over the assets.

Taking the frequent complaints from the residents particularly about the drinking water supplies and drainage issues, GMC authorities have decided to take over the management of the apartments. The GMC will shortly sign an agreement with AP Housing Board to get the properties transferred.

“Many people in Rajiv Gruha Kalpa apartments in Adavitakkellapadu and Balaji Nagar area in the city, have been complaining about lack of basic infrastructure and poor maintenance. We have decided to address the issue by taking over the properties,” said GMC commissioner C Anuradha. She said that vacant lands adjacent to the housing board apartments were also filled with garbage and bushes leading to sanitation issues. She said that they could not take up the works as the housing board had not handed over the apartments to the GMC till the date.

GMC has also identified that sewage treatment plant was not properly built in the colony resulting in overflowing of the drains. The housing board made it clear that it could not take up the maintenance works due to paucity of funds.

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Andhra Pradesh govt may facilitate bank loans for beneficiaries of Jagananna colonies – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: In an attempt to give further impetus to the construction of houses in YSR Jagananna colonies, the state is contemplating to rope in banks to grant loans to beneficiaries.

The government is planning to offer subsidy on rate of interest to be charged by banks to ensure the loans are granted at an interest rate of 25 paise per Rs.100.

The government says such financial assistance would help more beneficiaries to take up the construction in YSR Jagananna housing project. The grounding ceremony organized in last three days has received an overwhelming response from beneficiaries as it reported almost 200 percent achievement over the target.

The state government had initially wanted to make at least three lakh beneficiaries launch work in days in July, 1, 3 and 4.

However, more than six lakh people launched works in the plots allocated to them in the YSR-Jagananna colonies.

The state government received feedback from field-level administration that majority of beneficiaries were worrying about completing the houses within the prescribed budget of Rs.1.8 lakh. Several beneficiaries represented to the housing department officials that it would be extremely difficult for them to complete the structure without granting additional financial assistance from the government.
Andhra Pradesh govt may facilitate bank loans for beneficiaries of Jagananna coloniesSources said that the district project directors of the housing department and municipal commissioners who were overseeing the housing project works reported to have explained the ground level situation to senior officials. The field level officials were also worried that it would be difficult for them to reach the targets in case the beneficiaries stalled the work soon after the grounding ceremony. The state government would release the unit cost to the beneficiaries only after completion of each and every phase for which the beneficiaries had to invest their own monies.

Taking the ordeals of the beneficiaries, the government is contemplating to offer loans at subsidized rates. “Since majority of beneficiaries of the housing scheme are members of women self-help groups, we are planning to request the bankers to sanction special loans for the construction of the houses. We can offer subsidy on the rate of interest in such case,” said housing minister Cherukuvada Sri Ranganatha Raju.

He said the issue would be discussed with chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy before making a formal announcement. The housing department officials were readying the data of the beneficiaries who were part of the self-help groups to assess the financial burden on the exchequer.

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Works on three lakh houses to begin in July: Andhra Pradesh housing minister – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh government is gearing up to kick-start works on at least 3 lakh houses in YSR Jagananna colonies in a span of three days in the first week of July.

The district collectors have been directed to ensure launch of works on one lakh houses each day on July 1, 3 and 4. The newly appointed joint collectors (housing) have been asked to gear up the field-level administration to complete the task on a mission mode.

Housing minister Cherukuvada Sri Ranganatha Raju took stock of the plans with the officials on Monday.

Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy recently gave green signal for launching of 15.6 lakh houses under YSR Jagananna housing programme in the first phase.

The state government had granted nearly 30 lakh house sites to the eligible poor across the state and granted pucca houses under Housing For All scheme.

The state government is granting Rs.1.8 lakh to each beneficiary for completion of a single bed room housing unit.

“We are providing steel and cement at reasonably low prices when compared to the market prices besides giving sand free of cost. We are also providing them electrical equipment including tube lights, bulbs, and fans free of cost,” said minister Sri Ranganatha Raju.

He also said that the government is spending close to Rs 35,000 crore to create infrastructure in housing colonies.

He directed the officials to transport the required sand to the housing colonies to avoid additional transport cost on the beneficiaries. He had also asked the key line departments which were involved in development of basic infrastructure to start the works in order to instill confidence among the beneficiaries to start the works on the housing units.

“Commencement of works on laying of roads, electricity poles and drinking water supply pipelines will create confidence among the beneficiaries that the promised infrastructure is going to be created very shortly. Launching infrastructure works is also crucial,” he said.

The housing department roped in the amenities secretaries (engineering assistants) in village and ward secretariats to geo-tag the grounding of houses as per the schedule. The secretaries and field level volunteers have been asked to organize the meetings with the beneficiaries a day before the grounding ceremony.

“Launching of 15.6 lakh housing units in one fiscal is a record in the country. We are working overtime to achieve the target set by chief minister YS Jagan,” said Ajay Jain, special chief secretary (housing).

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Seventeen lakh houses to be constructed under Navaratnalu phase I in Andhra Pradesh – ET RealEstate

TIRUPATI: State finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy stated that state government is committed to complete the construction of 17 lakh houses to be handed over to the beneficiaries in Phase-1 of Navaratnalu Pedalandariki illu programme.

State finance minister and district in-charge minister Anil Kumar Yadav held a review meeting of various government programmes in Kurnool district on Monday. He told the reporters that chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was committed to fulfilling the dreams of the homeless to own their own house.

“Under the Navaratnalu Pedalandariki illu programme, 30 lakh houses are proposed to be constructed. On the 1st, 3rd and 4th of next month, housing ground melas will be held and we will ensure our targets of allotting houses to the beneficiaries are met at any cost,” Buggana Rajendranath Reddy said.

Several ruling party legislators brought to the notice of the minister that the housing for all programme had hit a roadblock at various assembly constituencies in Kurnool district due to non-availability of government lands.

After the legislators pointed out that the district administrations of Nellore and East Godavari districts had purchased private lands to speed up the housing scheme in their respective districts, state finance minister directed the officials of Kurnool district to adopt a similar approach wherever government lands were not available.

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