Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy termed the State as the first in the country to construct houses for poor in 15,000 slums with an expenditure of Rs.9,000 crore under the Rajiv Awaas Yojana.
On Saturday, he laid foundation for construction of 334 houses at Keshava Nagar Colony near Gowlidoddi in Serilingampally municipal limits, at a cost of Rs.58.74 crore.
Houses will be constructed in 11 cities of the State, with costs shared equally between the State and Central governments, he said.
Construction of pucca houses and improvement in infrastructure where the pucca houses already exist are part of the scheme, while letting out the houses on temporary basis for those migrating from other districts is its major aim, he said. Central government is being requested to extend the scheme to 20 more cities in the state, he said. Mr. Reddy said that 55 lakh houses in the rural areas and 18 lakh houses in urban areas had been constructed by the government so far.
He also shared plans to widen the road up to Narsingi on the Bombay Highway, with a cost of Rs.34 crore.
Union Minister for Petroleum S. Jaipal Reddy urged the government to regularise houses of the poor up to 80 to 100 square yards.
The Chief Minister distributed bank linkage loans to self help groups and pattas to the poor for the houses built before 2003.