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Centre’s nod for houses in R-5 zone

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PNS|Vijayawada

In a significant development supporting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s vision, the Central government has expressed virtual endorsement for the construction of houses in the Amaravati capital region for the benefit of the underprivileged.

According to recent reports, the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) of the Union Finance Ministry has granted approval on Monday for the construction of 47,000 houses in the R-5 zone of Amaravati. The R-5 zone was established by the Jagan government through modifications in the master plan.

While the Supreme Court has specified that the allocation of land titles and the construction of houses would be subject to the final judgement of the high court and would not grant permanent ownership rights, the Jagan government has proceeded with the housing scheme under the ‘Navarathanaalu-Pedalandariki Illu’ programme.

During his recent visit to New Delhi, the Chief Minister had appealed to the Centre to sanction houses in the R-5 zone of Amaravati under the ‘PM Awas Yojana’. Responding to this, the Centre has granted approval for 47,000 houses out of the total 50,783 proposed by the State government.

The remaining houses are expected to receive approval in the upcoming meeting, as stated by the Centre. The construction of the initial 47,000 houses is estimated to cost Rs 705 crore, with the Centre providing a grant of Rs 1.50 lakh for each house, while the state government contributes an additional Rs 30,000.

According to reports, the Chief Minister is expected to lay the foundation stone for the housing project on July 8, coinciding with the birth anniversary of his late father and former chief minister, Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.

The construction process will utilise shear wall technology to expedite the progress, enabling the completion of houses within three to four months. This achievement is expected to garner significant political mileage for the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

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