Ad hoc body, formed with 50 members, to plan agitation programme
Several people who have been allotted apartments in the Harita housing project of VUDA at Endada came together on Sunday and demanded that the houses be completed in six months and handed over to them at no extra liability.
The agitated allottees numbering about 100 met at a city hotel and recalled the hardship they were facing owing to the project not being completed on time. While they were forced to pay equated monthly instalments to banks, their dream of living in their house had not materialised and they also had to pay rent regularly.
G.A.N. Bhukta, convener of the association, said an ad hoc body comprising 50 members was formed and it would press with an agitation programme to bring pressure for early completion of the project termed Singapore-class township.
Mr. Bhukta said for around 710 apartments several people had paid five of the six instalments and some only four.
The project should have been delivered in November 2011 as per the schedule. But VUDA and the executing agency ending up in a dispute over increasing the cost of construction had led to the construction coming to a standstill for a considerable time.
Recalling the assurance given by VUDA, the allottees demanded that quality construction be delivered as promised.
Mr. Bhukta said political leaders would be approached and dharna and protest were staged to press their demand. A recent meeting called by VUDA Vice-Chairman N. Yuvaraj offered options but he said the allottees were not at all willing to foot the additional cost. The project cost had gone up by Rs.40 crore, it was learnt.
Actor and writer S.K. Mishro, Devakidevi, Seshubabu, Ahmed Hussain, Ramaneswara Rao and K. Srikant were among those who spoke.