The sluggish progress of various projects taken up by the GVMC and many of them not being completed on time came in for a close look at a meeting by Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju on Wednesday.

Beneficiaries were deprived of an opportunity to make use of the facilities in spite of spending hundreds of crores of rupees, the Minister said charging officials with failure to expedite the projects. Expressing his dissatisfaction, he said he would go in for another detailed review with the Mayor, the Commissioner, and MLAs in a week and wanted full details to be furnished. Mr. Balaraju expressed anguish over the houses sanctioned under the JNNURM not being completed even after five years and wanted officials to create basic amenities so that the beneficiaries could shift there.

However, Engineering and Urban Community Development officials said a problem arose as there were no clear instructions on who should bear the additional Rs.41,000 owing to increase in the cost of units under Indiramma housing. GVMC's contention is that the Housing Corporation has to release Rs.61 crore towards the enhanced cost.

The Minister said he would take up the issue with the Managing Director of the Housing Corporation. At the district-level, Rs. 1.19 crore has to be reimbursed to beneficiaries who have paid their share to the corporation.

Housing Project Director L. Ravi Kumar was summoned to the meeting to ascertain the status. The amount would be transferred in the next few days, he told the meeting.

BRTS

On BRTS, the Minister said the land-related bottlenecks as well as payment of compensation and TDRs should be cleared expeditiously so that works that overshot the November 2010 deadline could be completed.