AP to build six lakh houses
HYDERABAD: AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu will launch a mega housing scheme at Jakkampudi in Vijayawada on Thursday. About six lakh houses will be built across the state under the ambitious “house for all” scheme. Earlier, the state government had proposed to build four lakh houses but later revised it to six lakh houses in view of the increased demand.
The state government will build two lakh houses in rural areas and another two lakh houses in towns and cities. Besides, about 1.5 lakh houses that are in various stages of construction will be included in the scheme for early completion. The Centre has sanctioned about 50,000 houses for the state.
The government has planned to launch the scheme at district, assembly constituency, mandal and village levels involving ministers, public representatives and beneficiaries. For the first time, all houses will be geo-tagged and identified with photographs of the land and the building plan. The government will record construction at various stages. However, the beneficiaries should possess white ration cards and Aadhaar cards to avail of the facility.
Under the scheme, the government will construct flats with carpet area of 300 sq feet in rural and 400 sq feet in urban areas. Each flat in rural areas will cost about Rs 2.90 lakh. The government will bear Rs 1.80 lakh for SCs and STs and Rs 1.20 lakh for others. Banks will extend loan of Rs 1.10 lakh. The beneficiaries will bear the remaining amount. In urban areas, each house will cost about Rs 5.50 lakh and the state government will provide subsidy of Rs 2 lakh. Banks will provide loan of Rs 2 lakh.
To support the massive housing programme covering 13 districts in AP, the government has decided to build an integrated construction city around the upcoming capital city, Amaravati. Housing secretary Lav Agarwal has proposed to invite leading construction and infrastructure giants to set up their units in the construction city.
“The idea is to have all the necessary expertise, technology and raw material available in the vicinity. We are importing 30 per cent of our building material and expertise from China. By developing the construction city, we can develop the technology as part of the ‘Make in India’ programme. In fact, several Chinese companies have evinced interest to operate from the proposed construction city,” Agarwal told ETRealty (TOI).
The government may build the construction city in Krishna district if it does not get land in the upcoming capital. Areas around Jaggayyapet, Nandigama, Tiruvuru and Nuzvidu are under consideration for the project.