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Housing scheme hits roadblock

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s proposal to build ground-plus-one houses for the poor living in slums on government land seems to have hit a roadblock. Protests by residents opposing the ground-plus-one houses which began during the Chief Minister’s four-day visit to the district between January 8 and 11, are continuing.

Warangal: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s proposal to build ground-plus-one houses for the poor living in slums on government land seems to have hit a roadblock. Protests by residents opposing the ground-plus-one houses which began during the Chief Minister’s four-day visit to the district between January 8 and 11, are continuing.

  • Slum-dwellers oppose ground-plus-one housing
  • Left parties leading the agitation

Protests initially staged by individuals residing in colonies later took the shape of organised agitation with the Left parties, like CPI and CPM, taking the lead. With this, KCR’s dream project has gone haywire at the initial stage itself. Residents have been preventing officials from visiting colonies to conduct a survey for the housing scheme. Since officials’ efforts to convince residents were not yielding results, they were unable to conduct the survey.

Slum dwellers led by CPM leaders staging demonstration at Tahsildar office in Warangal on Saturday

A couple of days back, residents of Garibnagar Colony, in Geesukonda mandal, obstructed the survey works. Taking a cue from them, residents of Deendayal Nagar, Warangal, did not allow officials of the Revenue and Housing departments to conduct the survey on Saturday. They ‘gheraoed’ the officials by expressing serious objections to the ground-plus-one housing programme.

They wanted the government only to issue title deeds (pattas) for the land on which they have been living for many years. Many slum-dwellers from various localities under the aegis of CPM demonstrated at the Tahsildar’s office to press their demand. A senior official of Housing department, Damodar Rao, said it would submit a report to the government on the protests. Leaders of CPM and CPI formed ‘Individual Houses Sadhana Samithi’ for achieving the demand of individual double bedroom houses for slum-dwellers.

Samithi conveners D Srinivas (CPM) and Karunakar (CPI) told The Hans India that they would write to KCR to shelve the idea of ground-plus-one housing. “We demand the State government to implement GO 58 and construct individual houses for the poor who have constructed huts and sheds,” they said.

Efforts would be made to seek support of the TDP, Congress, BJP and others on their demand. The TRS leaders are faulting the Left parties, alleging that they were misguiding slum-dwellers. “Chief Minister got a great vision for the development of slum-dwellers. Everyone should cooperate in implementing such plans,” said party minority wing leader Md Nayeemuddin.

By:James Edwin

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