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Unoccupied Swagruhas to get life finally

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Hitherto untenanted houses in two different localities in the city built under Rajiv Swagruha scheme by the previous Congress government in undivided Andhra Pradesh are finally going to have occupants soon. Hundreds of government employees are making a beeline to buy the unoccupied Rajiv Swagruha houses at Bandlaguda in Nagole and Pocharam

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Hyderabad: Hitherto untenanted houses in two different localities in the city built under Rajiv Swagruha scheme by the previous Congress government in undivided Andhra Pradesh are finally going to have occupants soon. Hundreds of government employees are making a beeline to buy the unoccupied Rajiv Swagruha houses at Bandlaguda in Nagole and Pocharam in Ghatkesar following Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's offer to dispose them off on cost-to-cost basis.

  • City govt employees keen on KCR’s cost-to-cost offer
  • Close to 3000 flats available at Pocharam and Bandlaguda
  • Draw of lots to determine beneficiaries’ list

The previous Congress government embarked on this unique and ‘affordable housing’ scheme titled ‘Rajiv Swagruha’ for moderate income groups in the urban areas of the State. The government took loans from banks to complete this project. While some experts observed that these houses had defective planning and were constructed without assessment of demand.

All these factors led to thousands of flats being unoccupied for several years. With city residents shying away to buy them, the burden directly fell on the government. As a result, it owes banks Rs 1,000 crore as principal amount and around Rs 300 crore as interest. It is in this backdrop, Rao decided to offer these unoccupied flats to government employees. Close to 3,000 flats of different categories including Classic (3 BHK-1470 s ft), Intrinsic (2 1/2 BHK-1150 s ft), Basic (2 BHK-765 s ft) and Civic (1 BHK-523 s ft) are available in these two ventures.

These two locations witnessed a rapid boom on reality front over the years. While various software giants and MNCs set up their base near Pocharam, the prestigious Hyderabad Metro Rail's main terminal is being constructed in Nagole and it is just a few kilo meters away from Rajiv Swagruha flats at Bandlaguda. In this backdrop, government employees are showing interest to grab the golden offer by the government. No sooner did Rao make this announcement, than the TNGO president G Deviprasad was flooded with calls and messages from employees enquiring about the sale of flats.

According to Deviprasad, Telangana government employees working in twin-cities would be eligible for this new scheme. Government employees of different ranks such as gazetted, non-gazetted and even class four are expected to benefit with this. With the government announcing that it would facilitate even loans from banks, majority of government staff would consider this offer, he added.

Rao entrusted Deviprasad with the responsibility of floating a separate cell and preparing list of interested employees to buy the 3000-odd flats in Pocharam and Bandlaguda. He stated that this cell would start functioning post Sankranthi festival. Replying to a query, he pointed out that the employees, who were allotted plots by government earlier, were not eligible. It may be recalled that previous regimes allotted house plots to TNGOs, APNGOs as well as employees of Secretariat and High Court in Vanasthalipuram, Gachibowli, Gopanpally, Mailardevpally etc.

By:Mahesh Avadhutha

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