Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asserted in Assembly on Tuesday that the state government would complete 19 lakh houses in a mission mode before the next general elections. The Chief Minister also said around 17 lakh to 25 lakh house sites would be regularised and pattas would be issued across the state in a time-bound manner.

Replying to the short discussion on implementation of rural and urban housing schemes, the Chief Minister said the state government had taken the responsibility of fulfilling common man’s dream of having his own house. He said government has targeted construction of 13,66,557 houses in rural areas and 5,39,286 houses in urban areas spending Rs 56,000 crore.  “We will go for the next election after completing all these houses. I want MLAs to lay more focus on implementation of housing scheme and meet beneficiaries at least once in month,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the state government targeted to conduct house warming ceremony for 2.5 lakh houses on the occasion of Sankranti, another 2.5 lakh houses on June 8 and remaining houses on World Habitation Day which is observed on October 1 every year. Besides, the government decided to give Rs 25,000 per house as assistance to complete 1.5 Indiramma houses that had been pending for some years and Rs 10,000 per house to take up repairs for the old houses, he said. Naidu also said that the government was contemplating to build G+7 houses for the poor in rural areas where house sites were not available.

“The government will acquire land and build G+7 houses for the poor. The government has also no objection to vest transfer rights on the houses to the beneficiaries to enable them sell the houses if they want,” he said.  The Chief Minister said the government was planning economic cities to create employment to beneficiaries of urban housing scheme.  Requesting the Centre to sanction 20.93 houses to the state, Naidu said the Centre was reluctant to allot more houses to the state due to the wrong report which submitted by the Congress government in 2011.

“During the recent smart pulse survey, 31.53 lakh families which have no own house were identified. Of them, 20.93 lakh were found eligible for allotment of houses. So, we request the Centre to sanction the 20.93 houses to the state,” he said. Criticising the previous Congress government, Naidu alleged that huge corruption was involved in housing scheme between 2004 and 2014. 

“Around 37.41 lakh houses in rural and 3.43 lakh houses in urban areas were sanctioned between 2004 and 2014.  An inquiry disclosed that 14.40 lakh houses of them are bogus and Rs 4,150 crore had been distributed to those bogus houses. We will take action against those involved in the misappropriation of the funds,” he said.