Plan to take up construction of 2,500 houses under Rajiv Awas Yojna

A revised and detailed project report for Rs.100 crore has been sent to the government to pave way for implementation of the slum improvement programme Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY) at Suryatejanagar at Arilova. At a press conference held here on Monday to take stock of the year’s progress, Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana said proposals to take up another 2,500 houses in 18 slums in the next one year were sent to the government. It is proposed to improve 150 slums over the project period of nine years. The earlier DPR sent for Suryatejanagar had to be revised as the model of G+2 was opposed by residents.

In the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), nine of the 21 projects, including BRTS and UGD, still remain to be completed. The land issues would be taken up with the Endowments Department to accelerate the project. Four of the seven drinking water projects taken up at a cost of Rs. 850 crore were completed. Following approval of the Central government, the Rs.185-crore project with 24X7 supply for the northwest region of the city would be taken up soon. Of the 14,320 houses launched under the urban mission, 12,500 were completed.

Mr. Satyanarayana said with the use of tablet PCs to assess tax on the spot, property tax had gone up by Rs.25 crore and overall the demand went up from Rs.150 crore to Rs.200 crore. The under-assessed and un-assessed properties could take it up to Rs.300 crore considerably improving the financial condition.

Mr. Satyanarayana said to improve the lot of homeless, two night shelters were opened. Three more would be opened at KGH, Jagadamba Junction and Chavulmadum.

While four shelters would be opened in rented accommodation, three would be constructed with Hudco assistance of Rs.80 lakh under CSR. To maintain the shelters, shops would be constructed on the ground floor.

Under Urban Community Development, skilled manpower of electricians, plumbers etc. would be pooled under a society to provide services to people. A total of eight urban livelihood centres would be opened.

All clearances were obtained for construction of an abattoir in public-private partnership mode at Paradesipalem in 11 acres. While 50 per cent of the cost would be borne by the Central government, the remaining would be footed by the private party. It would be taken up with a cost of Rs.30 crore.

Citizen charter

The introduction of the citizen charter with 48 services under it stabilised bringing down the fine payable by officials from Rs.7 to Rs.8 lakh earlier to about Rs.1.5 lakh. The onus of providing the services once the fee was paid at the citizen charter was on the corporation. Even the return of EMDs of contractors was computerised. Files were kept online following the trapping of an EE by ACB after a file was pending for seven months. Similarly, all the exemptions of ex-servicemen were cleared in a drive.

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