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Housing for urban poor remains a distant dream: CPI(M)

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CPI (Marxist) former corporators and leaders make a field visit to the site where multi-storeyed buildings are coming up for the poor in Vijayawada. — PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR
CPI (Marxist) former corporators and leaders make a field visit to the site where multi-storeyed buildings are coming up for the poor in Vijayawada. — PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR

The four foundation stones that were laid at Vambay Colony stand testimony to the ongoing developmental works that are going on at a snail's pace here. Nearly ten months ago Chief Minister K. Rosaiah unveiled a plaque for the construction of houses near Excel plant here. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is yet to construct the foundation for the proposed houses.

Pointing to the “inordinate delay”, CPI(M) state committee member Ch. Babu Rao said that the Corporation had funds, land, and a person no less than the Chief Minister had laid the foundation stone. Yet the VMC was not in a position to complete the foundations. The slow pace of developmental works mirror the “sincerity and honesty” of the ruling Congress. The poor were assured of housing all these years. However, none of the Congress leaders were interested in expediting the housing project. The housing for the urban poor remained on paper, and seemed to be a distant dream, he felt.

The VMC identified as many as 1.47 lakh families for providing housing. Hardly any house was allotted to the identified poor, barring the few who were evicted from various localities. The Corporation could provide housing to only about 4,000 families, though 28,000 houses were sanctioned to the city under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, he said.


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