VUDA housing scheme for LIC and EWS

G.V.Prasada Sarma
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A housing colony which was constructed by VUDA on the outskirts of the city.
A housing colony which was constructed by VUDA on the outskirts of the city.

After a long gap VUDA is planning a housing scheme for the lower income group (LIG) and economically weaker sections (EWS) at Gandigundam in Anandapuram mandal and called for a demand survey.

VUDA Vice-Chairman Kona Sasidhar has planned the scheme to cater to the section that falls somewhere between the present government-sponsored programmes and the private sector housing beyond their reach. The housing scheme is proposed in a nine acre site which is close to three engineering college and an industrial estate. It is well-connected on the Pendurti-Anandapuram route on Sonthyam Road with RTC buses plying.

According to VUDA sources, it’s after a gap of nearly nine years that VUDA is taking up housing for the LIG/EWS insisting on white ration card. It was in 2003 that SEVA Enclave was constructed by VUDA at Kurmannapalem when Dasari Srinivasulu was vice-chairman. As many as 184 units, each measuring about 500 sft, were built in G+3 structures.

Sources said it’s for the first time the eligibility criteria based on holding white card was being introduced to make sure that only the eligible get it. Besides, a condition is being laid down that beneficiaries under any government housing scheme in the past are not eligible. With rents even in slums going up, those belonging to LIG/EWS have to spend a lion’s share of their wages on rented houses. With VUDA pegging its price at Rs.8 lakh a unit, it will be viable to own a house on a long-term.

However, whether the white-card holder will be eligible for loans etc and his repayment capacity would cover the loan amount has to be gone into.

G.V.Prasada Sarma

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