The GHMC has taken up construction of 51,340 houses in 114 colonies for the poor with funding from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Over the years it has managed to complete 27,370 houses and just 11,057 have been handed over to the beneficiaries.

Although the beneficiaries are chosen from among the lists generated by the Collectors of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy, the programme has been bogged down with legal issues, construction cost, sand unavailability, deficit of bank loan linkages and so on. Engineer-in-Chief R. Dhan Singh informed Mayor Mohd. Majid Hussain on Monday that there are 16,765 houses under construction and 7,205 in the tender stage with the housing project overall costing about Rs.1,185.76 crore.

The Mayor expressed his dissatisfaction over the slackened pace of the scheme and pointed out that the work was not up to the expectations considering that scores of people were without a dwelling in the twin cities.

Several housing projects in the old city too were languishing because of numerous procedural delays, he pointed out and announced that the standing committee would be soon visiting all the ongoing work sites as well as housing projects in the coming days.

Mr. Majid Hussain also called for a detailed report on the status of each and every housing unit within a week including details of the tender, reasons for the numerous delays, grants released by the government, money spent by the municipal corporation, etc.

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