Special Correspondent

Constraint of land prevents Rajiv Swagruha from taking off in Kurnool city

In all, 3,435 families have applied for houses in Kurnool city

Escalating cost of construction material worrying Swagruha project officials

KURNOOL: The Rajiv Swagruha Housing scheme which lifted the hopes of middle-class families remained a non-starter at Kurnool and Adoni due to the constraint of land.

In all, 3,435 families applied for houses in Kurnool city, 858 at Nandyal and 188 at Adoni. The Municipal Corporation at Nandyal offered its 21 acre prime land in the heart of the town for the scheme but such cooperation was absent at Kurnool and Adoni. The applicants who paid Rs. 5,000 each were eagerly waiting for the response of the government.

Office set up

The AP Swagruha Housing Corporation has posted a General Manager to the city and set up an office. The office gave some confidence to the applicants.

The Corporation offered four types of houses to the applicants depending upon their income levels with a plinth area of 450 sft, 700 sft, 1100 sft and 1400 sft.

The corporation officials moved a proposal with the revenue authorities for land on Jagannatha Hill. Nearly 350 acres was required for housing 3500 units. However, the revenue authorities could not immediately commit to the cause since various employees’ associations were asking for land on the hill.

At one stage, the land at A, B and C camps was proposed for the Swagruha apartments. But the present occupants refused to vacate and threatened to launch an agitation. Nearly 500 acres is available in three camps. The administration proposed in the past to construct a huge housing colony for both government employees and general public with all facilities like commercial complexes, school complex and recreation centre. The complex might be taken up in the next stage as land acquisition at A,B,C camps might not be completed for Swagruha project. Meanwhile, the escalating cost of construction material was worrying the officials.

General Manager Nageswara Reddy told The Hindu that they would go for tender process once land acquisition was complete.