The beneficiaries of the much publicised double-bedroom house may have to shell out some money to see their house in complete shape. The Roads and Buildings (R&B) department that has been executing the project reportedly expressed its inability to complete the task in toto within the existing budget. They have decided to remove certain items to fit the budget allocated for the purpose.
R&B Superintendent Engineer D Narsimha has said the decision to remove some items had been taken following discussions with contractors and the district Collector. However, efforts are being made to explore if there are any chances to cover the items that are left out, by adjusting the tenders.
According to officials, the items removed include granolithic flooring in 1, 2 and 3 floors, ceiling plastering, doors in the kitchen and children’s bed room, lofts in the flats, terrace top water tank. These apart there would be a single layer plastering on walls.
The Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who conceived the plan, has laid the foundation stone for the 3,900 houses in January 2015 in nine slums. The original plan was to construct ground plus one, but it was later changed to ground plus three houses to accommodate more people.
Accordingly, the ongoing task includes – a total of 1,384 flats planned at SR Nagar (792 flats) and Ambedkar Nagar (892 flats) for which the government sanctioned Rs 69.75 crore. The works have been taken up in December last year and are expected to be completed within 15 months.
Since the plan was modified to suit the budget, now the beneficiaries have to go without kitchen door, flooring and certain other items. Now each house with a carpet area of 900 sft would cost Rs. 5.04 lakh for the State government.
Mr. Narasimha said a plan has been prepared to be submitted to the state government in this regard. It may be changed if the State government desires so, he added.
Credits The Hindu