Amaravati, April 13: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the Housing Department officials to nail the Opposition campaign over TIDCO houses and send across the message to the people that the Government has spent over Rs.21,000 crore so far on construction.
At a review meeting on Housing held here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that a lot of bad propaganda is being carried out by the TDP which abandoned construction of the TIDCO houses for the poor during its rule while the present Government is completing their construction and handing them over to the beneficiaries along with basic infrastructure.
Asking the officials to lay the facts before the people so they would not be carried away by the vicious propaganda of the Opposition, he said officials should also pay concentration towards providing drainage and other basic facilities in Jagananna Colonies.
Explaining the difference between the TDP rule and the present Government over the construction of TIDCO houses, officials told him that Rs.21,000crore was spent in the last 45 months as against Rs.8,723.08crore incurred by the TDP rule.
The present Government spent over Rs. 482crore as it has given 50 percent concession on the payments made by the beneficiaries in TDP rule, besides giving a benefit of Rs. 12,011crore through free registrations to an additional 2.62 lakh beneficiaries and arranging Rs.1875 crore bank loans through tie -up with banks.
It also spent Rs.9044crores towards HUDCO loan repayments and construction of houses and provision of basic infrastructure.
While there were no registrations of TIDCO houses between 2015 and 2019, 1,55,673 houses were registered and 48,172 houses were handed over to the beneficiaries in the last 45 months, officials told him. They said completed houses would be handed over to another 1.50 lakh beneficiaries by June and 1.12 lakh beneficiaries by December.
They said Rs.10,203 crore was spent on housing in the 2022-23 while a target of Rs.15,810crore is fixed for the present fiscal. They further said that 3,40,741 houses were completed and 4,67,551 housing units are ready for completion as part of the housing for all poor people,
They also said that they are taking all measures to ensure quality of the construction as per the directions of the Chief Minister.
Housing Minister J. Ramesh, Municipal Administration Minister A. Suresh, Chief Secretary Dr. K.S. Jawahar Reddy, AP State Housing Corporation Chairman D. Dorababu, TIDCO Chairman J. Prasanna Kumar, Special Chief Secretaries Y. Sri Lakshmi (MA&UD), K. Vijayanand (Energy) and Ajay Jain (Housing), Finance Secretary KVV Satyanarayana, Special Secretary (Housing) Mohammad Deewan, APSHC MD G. Lakshmi Shah, AP TIDCO MD Ch. Sridhar, Mines and Geology Director V.G. Venkata Reddy and other officials attended the review meeting.