HC seeks clarity in AP’s affordable housing scheme

HYDERABAD: Justice MS Ramachandra Rao of Hyderabad High Court on Thursday sought the stand of AP government on the issue of earmarking five percent land for Affordable Housing Scheme for poorer sections in the capital area of Amaravati. The judge recorded the undertaking given by AP counsel that the state is in favour of implementing this norm.

The judge was dealing with a case filed by scores of poor villagers from Rayapudi village, Tullur mandal of Guntur district. They said that the CRDA Act and its rules mandate the earmarking of five percent of total land in pooling area for Affordable Housing Scheme for poorer sections. The petitioner complained that in the final master plan and the zonal plans, there is no mention how much area is given for housing the poor. The national level guidelines mandate 10 percent area for housing the poor.

The petitioners contended that detailed master plan of the notified capital city area was published by CRDA for an area of 21,722.2 hectares or around 53676.7 acres. The judge questioned the authorities to explain as to how they would fulfil this objective.

The court recorded the statement made by standing counsel for the CRDA that five percent land will be given to Affordable Housing Scheme for poorer sections as per the Act. The case was adjourned to October 25 with a direction to the authorities to file counter explaining their stand on this issue.

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