Of the 15,000 houses taken up, 9,000 are completed

Two years after completion more than 300 houses constructed under the Centrally-sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for urban poor are caught in dispute over allotment and remain unoccupied.

Officials are exercised over the houses remaining vacant for such a long time with the prospect of various objections including those of audit being raised in future.

The degree of contentious claims can be gauged from the claims over the houses near BVK College. One group went to the High Court over allotment to 11 persons stating that they were not eligible. Following a court direction, the names were removed. But the fresh allotment in their place is also being disputed on the ground that the kin of those removed are given the houses. On the other hand, the 11 removed from the list also went to court challenging their being declared ineligible.

Now a fresh inquiry will be held into the allotment, says Municipal Commissioner M. V. Satyanarayana.

The other houses are located at Lorry Stand Junction at Jnanapuram (158) and Asapuvanipalem (96), Bhagawandas Colony (70).

At the Lorry Stand and Asapuvanipalem locals contend that since the land is located in their areas the locals should get the houses leading to a stand-off.

At Bhagawandas Colony also court intervention was sought by one group and implemented.

The main demand has been that about 60 to 70 persons belonging to one particular group should be given houses. But they were found ineligible.

To solve the issue and accommodate persons from the same group, the Commissioner has asked them to suggest names of those who are eligible.

Mr. Satyanarayana said in all the cases the names of those allotted would be displayed and objections inquired into before finalising allotment to exclude grounds for further disputes.

Of the 15,000 housing units taken up under JNNURM, 9,000 have been completed and 6,000 are in various stages of completion.

Survey

A random verification of four colonies in the city where houses have been constructed for the urban poor under found that only 30 per cent of the original allottees living in the colonies. The remaining have been rented out, locked up or under occupation by the others.

The survey covered four colonies comprising 3,000 to 4,000 houses.

Now the nearly 10,000 housing units have to be verified whether they are actually under the ownership of the people to whom they are allotted.

The Government issued orders that each and every allotment has to be verified, physical evidence recorded after which they should be confronted with it leading to the original allottee getting it back.

Municipal Commissioner M. V. Satyanarayana said the task of the verification has been assigned to additional commissioners.

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