No end in sight for their travails

Staff Reporter

Rajiv Gruhakalpa beneficiaries suffer with VMC and APSHC at loggerheads

VIJAYAWADA: The travails of applicants to the Rajiv Gruhakalpa scheme are unlikely to end in the near future. Officials of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) and the AP State Housing Corporation are at loggerheads over the issue for some time now.

The AP State Housing Corporation received the applications in 2005 and started construction of some houses at Vambay Colony. The work was later stopped on the plea that the standard and quality were poor. The State government, thereafter, asked the VMC to take up the task and complete the job. But the VMC is reportedly not willing to take up the works for various reasons, including the vast difference in the cost between the houses being constructed under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Gruhakalpa, official sources say.

The housing corporation submitted a report to the VMC following a GO issued in 2007. VMC officials have taken the stance that they would not be able to allot the houses according to the list prepared by the housing corporation, as the list was not submitted along with the report. But, the housing corporation officials say that the beneficiaries’ list was, indeed, part of the report.

The housing corporation took up construction of houses at Vambay colony near H1 and H2 blocks. It says that it is ready to hand over the works to the VMC after paying 75 per cent of the bill to the contractor. As there is a stalemate, the Government would have to intervene and give a direction, the officials concerned say.

Vijayawada Nagara Rajiv Gruhakalpa Baadhitula Committee convener R.S. Naidu said the government launched the scheme in 2005. The beneficiaries deposited their share in bank accounts. However, the programme was in a state of suspended animation due to lack of coordination between the district administration and housing officials, he said.

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