Special Correspondent

Services of universities, autonomous organisations to be used

HYDERABAD: Housing Minister K. Jana Reddy has said the weaker sections housing programme in the State would be subject to social audit from April.

"We are going to seek services of universities and autonomous organisations to undertake social audit of the housing schemes," Mr. Jana Reddy said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

The Housing Minister said the Government was confident of constructing 30 lakh houses envisaged under various housing schemes. The Minister admitted that the response to the Rajiv Gruha Kalpa (RGK) scheme was poor. "The Government faced problems on various fronts, the major one being land acquisition. Construction of houses was delayed as the beneficiaries were reluctant to move out of their present dwellings and take possession of the newly constructed houses on the city outskirts," he added.

Rising costs

Asked if the cost of individual units built under the rural housing schemes would be enhanced in tune with the rise in the prices of building material,

Mr. Jana Reddy said the issue would be discussed with the Chief Minister. However, he said cement was being made available at Rs. 140-150 a bag, which was much less than the market price.

Information and Public Relations Minister Md. Ali Shabbir, Principal Secretary (housing), A.K. Parida and Executive Director, Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation, Seshu Kumar attended.