Andhra Pradesh

Assets worth ₹2 lakh crore will be created by 2024, says Minister

Ch. Sriranganadha Raju.

Ch. Sriranganadha Raju.  

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The State government has grand plans to launch YSR Housing, a scheme to distribute house sites to 25 lakh beneficiaries, on Ugadi day in 2020.

The government has plans to acquire the land required through negotiations rather than invoking the Land Acquisition Act, and pay compensation to the landowners at market rate.

For refurbishment too

Also, plans are afoot to provide assistance to the beneficiaries of the housing schemes between 1978 and 1993 to “refurbish their dilapidated houses,” says Housing Minister Ch. Sriranganadha Raju.

“As per a preliminary study in the six districts of East and West Godavari, Chittoor, Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa, the housing requirement stands at 11.85 lakh. Of it, 8.12 lakh require house sites,” Mr. Raju told The Hindu.

“By the end of December, the identification of beneficiaries will be completed,” he said.

The government has to spend between ₹10,000 crore and ₹11,000 crore on land acquisition alone. The total outlay for the scheme is ₹50,000 crore, which includes the Central government’s share.

“With this, assets worth ₹2 lakh crore will be created in the State by 2024,” the Minister said.

As a majority of the landowners are small and marginal farmers, the government has no intention to invoke the LA Act. Committees headed by the respective district Joint Collectors will look into the land acquisition issues. Local MLAs and village/ward volunteers will assist the committees.

“We have a target to construct 25 lakh houses in the next four years. The scheme will be taken to its logical conclusion by March 2024,” the Minister said.

App and helpline

“The Housing Department is developing an App. The beneficiary has to upload the details of construction at every stage for quick payment. Previously, the department officials used to inspect and upload the details, which were found to be not satisfactory. Engineering graduates at the village secretariat will help the beneficiaries upload the details. Besides, the government is planning to provide a helpline in each parliamentary constituency. The beneficiaries can reach me through the helpline. It is a two-way communication. We will also interact with the beneficiaries to understand their problems,” Mr. Raju said.

“Dues to the tune of ₹1,020 crore pertaining to 3.30 lakh houses constructed during the previous government’s rule are pending,” he siad, and added that verification was going. It was found that money had been diverted to other programmes/schemes.

The payments would be made at the earliest, he added.

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