Worried over non-availability of land for construction of two-bedroom houses under 2BHK Housing Scheme, the Telangana government is now eyeing vacant and unused land that belongs to various central government departments and institutions.
The GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) needed around 400 acres for the construction of 1 lakh 2BHK housing units in Greater Hyderabad limits. As of now, GHMC took up work on about 10,000 houses, mainly due to non-availability of land. The tendering process for another 10,000 houses is expected to be completed soon.
Official sources said that for instance, the government wants the 800 acres of vacant that belongs to Indian Drug Pharmaceutical Limited (IDPL) at Balangar. The Centre had proposed to sell part of IDPL land and utilize the funds for the units revival.
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In this way, Survey of India and HCL and other institutions have vast tracts of land which the government wants to use for the 2 BHK project. The government has already informed the railways that it wants to take over railway quarters’ land near Secunderabad railway station for the housing scheme in return for alternate land elsewhere. Minister T Padma Rao even visited the railway quarters at Chilkalguda a few months ago.
GHMC chief engineer K Suresh Kumar informed that the Municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao has directed the Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district collectors to identify land and submit a report.
On Tuesday, Rama Rao and chief secretary SP Singh reviewed the housing program and decided that a land bank was required for the government’s flagship program. He directed the GHMC officials to begin construction of 2 BHK houses before March this year.
Rama Rao also said that once the land is identified, he will meet Union ministers of concerned departments and request them to hand over the land for the housing scheme.
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