Telangana government sanctions Rs 600 crore for 2BHK units in urban areas – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: In a crucial move ahead of GHMC elections, the state government on Thursday gave administrative sanction for Rs 600 crore for the double bedroom housing scheme in urban areas. The latest allocation made by the government includes the Greater Hyderabad area also.

This move assumes significance as the ruling TRS has been receiving flak from Congress and BJP for failing to deliver the promise of 2BHK houses in the city. Sources said the allocation could not have come at a better time as the ruling party prepares for the GHMC elections, which are likely to be held in mid January.

In the state budget for 2020-21, the government had allotted Rs 3,750 crore for the housing scheme and released Rs 150 crore so far. The fresh budget release order (BRO) of Rs 600 crore takes the total release of funds to Rs 750 crore.

The directives issued by the housing department had also mentioned that Telangana State Housing Corporation Limited had requested the state government to release a BRO of Rs 2,850 crore.

The BJP has been charging the state government with not sending the list of beneficiaries to the Centre to release its share, while the TRS government alleges that the central government has not released any funds to the state.

Recently, minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka were involved in a verbal duel on the number of houses constructed in the city.

Later, Vikramarka was taken around some of the houses for the poor by the minister.

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Telangana unveils township policy to decongest Hyderabad – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: To decongest the city and promote planned development, the state government has decided to encourage integrated development of townships, abutting the Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Hyderabad Metropolitan Region (HMR), with private and public initiatives.

After cabinet approval, the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department released ‘Telangana Comprehensive Integrated Township Policy Rules 2020’ on Tuesday.

The city’s development is concentrated only in certain pockets — mostly eastern and western parts — resulting in congestion and overburdened infrastructure. The policy promotes the idea of ‘walk to work’ in the forms of townships.

“The proposed township project has to be an integrated and mixed purpose with residential, commercial, educational (at least up to class 10), healthcare facilities, roads, internal public transport like electric vehicles, amenity spaces, greenery in the layout and public utilities,” Arvind Kumar, principal secretary, municipal administration department said in his orders.

Even in the new Municipalities Act, the government made provisions to develop self-contained townships. According to urban planners, the present density of population of the core city is around 11,000 people per square km, and it will reach 20,000 per sq km in the next few years, following Gurugram. This they say will lead to haphazard growth of the city.

Township policy and satellite townships have on the cards for the past one decade. In the 2013 master plan, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) had proposed to encourage satellite townships abutting the ORR. A township was proposed by Tellapur Techno-city project in 2007. The developers purchased 400 acres of land from the HMDA. But due to problems, it was reduced to 100 acres. Even that project got stuck due to various reasons.

The new policy aims to address all such issues. “The new townships can be developed not only abutting ORR, but also other municipal corporations like Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Ramagundam corporations,” a MA&UD official said. CM K Chandrasekhar Rao asked the water board to plan a water supply network along ORR.

“Integrated townships should be planned in four directions of the city to meet the requirements of 10 lakh population each in the next few years. While Medchal-Shamirpet township on Northern part of the city, Shadnagar on Southern part, Pocharam on Eastern part, Sangareddy on West,” GV Rao, president of Telangana Developers Association said.

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Telangana: 25 lakh property owners apply for layout regularisation scheme – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: Though there was overwhelming response to regularisation of plots in unauthorized layouts with over 25 lakh applications across the state, many plot owners in the surrounding municipalities and municipal corporations, where illegal layouts have mushroomed, did not come forward to regularise their properties under Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS).

The LRS scheme was announced by the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department on September 1 and ended on October 31. The state also stopped registrations of plots in unauthorised layouts and buildings without permission from civic bodies. As the government stalled all registrations, there was huge response to the scheme from day one.

Going by LRS applications figures released by the MA&UD department on Sunday, 25.59 lakh applications were received from across the state. Of them, 10.83 lakh applications were from over 12,000 gram panchayats and 10.60 lakh from 141 municipalities. Four lakh plot owners applied to regularise their plots in illegal layouts in municipal corporations.

While the highest number of applications have been received from plot owners in GHMC jurisdiction with 1.06 lakhs, another 1.01 lakh applications have come from Greater Hyderabad Warangal Municipal Corporation.

Interestingly, the surrounding areas of the city that fall in Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), which have hundreds of illegal layouts, did not apply to regularise their plots in unapproved layouts.

For instance, Nizampet municipal corporation, touted as the civic body with maximum number of illegal layouts and buildings in the state, has received only 4,175 applications. Similarly, Boduppal corporation got 17, 915 applications, while Jawaharnagar municipal corporation in Medchal-Malkajgiri received the lowest applications, with just 368 property owners evincing interest to regularize their plots. Among the city’s surrounding civic bodies, Badangpet municipal corporation received 46,894 applications. With regards to municipalities in Rangareddy districts, the upmarket Manikonda municipality got only 2,500 applications and Narsingi received 3,800 applications.

Among the old municipal corporations and district headquarters, Khammam has received over 50,000 applications and Karimnagar half of that. Some civic bodies like Mulugu and Warangal had zero applications.

Sources said the state government had got nearly Rs 100 crore towards initial registration fee and might get between Rs 10,000-15,000 crore towards penal fee. “Processing of all applications will begin in the next few days and completed in the next three months,” a senior MA&UD department official said.

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Telangana urban development minister inaugurates 1,152 2BHK houses in Hyderabad – ET RealEstate

HYDERABAD: Telangana‘s Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K. T. Rama Rao on Monday inaugurated 1,152 houses built in Hyderabad under the state government’s 2BHK Dignity Housing scheme for the poor.

Over 1,000 double bedroom houses constructed by the Telangana government for the poor under the 2BHK scheme were inaugurated in Hyderabad on Monday.He inaugurated the houses built at three places in the city at a cost of Rs 95.58 crore under what he claims to be one-of-its-kind initiative in the country aimed at providing houses for the poor at free of cost.

He also revealed that the construction of one Lakh houses in 111 locations across Hyderabad, with a project cost of Rs 9,714 crore, is fast nearing completion.

The inauguration of the houses came ahead of the ensuing elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and amid a bitter war of words between the ruling and opposition parties.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, inaugurated 840 houses at Ziaguda, 192 at Ghode Ki Qabar and 120 at Kattelmandi.

Each house has an area of 560 square feet with provision for two bedrooms, hall, kitchen and two toilets.

The design of the houses meet the urban family requirements and has excellent community infrastructure like roads, drains, street lights, water supply, community hall and commercial center, he said.

Assuring that there will be transparency in allotment of the houses, he urged people not to trust middlemen. He also promised that facilities on par with the gated communities will be provided for these houses.

KTR, who was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues Mehmood Ali, Srinivas Yadav and Greater Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, said the dignity housing programme executed by GHMC is the largest slum redevelopment programme in any major city in the country.

KTR said K. Chandrasekhar Rao is the only Chief Minister in the country who is not only providing money for the marriage of poor girls but also providing houses to the poor.

He pointed out that the government is giving Rs 1,01,116 for the marriage under Kalyana Lakshmi and Shadi Mubarak schemes.

He suggested that beneficiaries should form a society, to maintain the 2BHK dignity colonies like lift maintenance, to keep the colony neat and clean to live healthy with income generation from 56 shops provided in the colony.

Though the government is spending Rs 9 lakh for each housing unit, its value in the open market is around Rs 40 lakh.

These housing blocks have Basthi Dhawakana or free medical facilities. The government will provide more facilities like a library, Anganwadi.

KTR said the government is spending Rs 18,000 crore for building 2.50 lakh houses under the scheme across the state. He claimed that the market value of these units is around Rs 70,000 crore. This is the proof of the government’s commitment for people’s welfare.

He said the previous governments claimed that since 1985 about 40 lakh houses were built. “If this is true, by this time everybody would have a house,” he said.

KTR said the TRS government is constructing one lakh houses in Hyderabad and anybody can verify this.

His comments came amid continuing criticism of the government by the opposition parties for failing to fulfill the promise to build one lakh houses in Hyderabad and for making false claims in view of the coming elections to GHMC.

Last month, the Congress party had challenged the government to show the houses built in Hyderabad.

Accepting the challenge, minister Srinivas Yadav had taken Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and other Congress leaders around the city to show the houses being built.

The Congress leaders later claimed that the government could show only 3,428 houses and alleged that Srinivas Yadav left mid-way during the joint inspection.

Vikramarka alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government was hoodwinking people by showing the same houses before every election.

Srinivas Yadav released list of 111 locations where the government took up construction of one lakh 2BHK houses and dared Congress leaders to visit all locations before making any allegations.

The minister had claimed that the government completed construction of 632 houses in five locations and handed them over to beneficiaries.

Stating that the construction work was delayed to COVID-19 pandemic, Yadav said remaining houses will be built by September next year. Of this, 74,447 houses will be completed by December this year at 88 locations, he said.

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