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Work on 3,900 houses nearing completion

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Work on 3,900 houses nearing completion

G.V.R. Subba Rao

They are being constructed under the JNNURM programme


Houses will be ready for occupation in a couple of months: Mayor

Priority for those relocated from canal bunds, Krishna riverbed

VIJAYAWADA: Nearly after a year, the second round of mass Gruhapravesaalu (housewarming ceremonies) for the houses built for the poor are likely to take place in the city.

As many as 3,900 houses that are being constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme are in the final leg of construction.

These houses are likely to be completed in a month, as only internal works like painting and fixing of doors remain unfinished.

It was in July last year that the then Mayor, Mallika Begum, persistently followed up the progress of construction and ensured that two blocks of 32 houses each at Radhanagar in Kundavari Kandrika were inaugurated before she stepped down.

Inordinate delay

After an inordinate delay in the progress of construction for various reasons, including Budameru floods and problems in land acquisition, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) officials have succeeded in completing nearly 3,900 houses at various places, including Radhanagar, Kandrika, New Rajarajeswaripeta and Vambay colony.

Though common facilities like underground drainage (UGD) have not been completed, the houses would otherwise be ready for occupation.

Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu says the houses will be ready for occupation in the next couple of months. Most probably, they will be ready by August.

The corporation will give top priority, while allotting these houses, to the families that have been relocated from canal bunds, Krishna riverbed, Padmavathi ghat and other areas, she says.

The corporation has taken up construction of houses under the Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP), a sub-mission under JNNURM.

The Union Government has sanctioned 21,752 houses, including 14,968 in Phase-I and 6,784 in Phase-II, for the city under the scheme.

The State Government has sanctioned 14,968 houses in Phase-I and 6,752 houses in Phase-II with a unit cost of Rs.1.32 lakhs and Rs.1.40 lakhs, respectively. Another 1,152 houses are being constructed by the Housing Department.

Of the 19,000 houses being built under JNNURM, works are at various level of progress in respect of 13,000 houses, officials say.

At Gunadala

But the construction of houses at Gunadala is yet to commence. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy laid a foundation stone for the housing here in April last. The works have been stopped due to technical reasons related to site, but are expected to resume soon as the problems have been sorted out, officials say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:51

Plan to utilise Rs. 2.77 crore for improving burial grounds

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Plan to utilise Rs. 2.77 crore for improving burial grounds

Special Correspondent

KADAPA: Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy on Monday proposed to utilise Rs. 2.77 crore sanctioned under BRGF for improving facilities in burial grounds and graveyards in Kadapa, if corporators were willing.

Addressing a meeting the municipal corporators and municipal corporation officials here, the Mayor said, proposals were forwarded to the government seeking sanction of Rs. 6 crore for improvement of facilities in the Hindu and Muslim graveyards and Christian cemeteries in the city. The government has sanctioned Rs. 2.77 crore and released Rs. 90 lakh as first instalment, he said.

For slums too

The funds would not only be used to develop graveyards but also to provide basic amenities in slum areas, Mr. Ravindranath Reddy said. While some corporators agreed to the proposals, others pointed out that more funds were sanctioned to some municipal divisions. The Mayor assured to grant funds equitably to all the 50 municipal divisions in Kadapa.

14 graveyards

Fourteen graveyards would be improved this year, the Mayor said. Deputy Mayor K. Nabi Rasool, Municipal Commissioner S. Aleem Basha, Superintendent Engineer Umamaheswara Rao, municipal engineer Sivarami Reddy, executive engineer of public health Mohan and DEs Dhanalakshmi and Adinarayana participated.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:48

Second line of Mumbai Metro project cost to touch Rs 11,000 cr

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Source : The Business Line Date : 01.06.2009

Second line of Mumbai Metro project cost to touch Rs 11,000 cr

Our Bureau

Kolkata, May 31 Reliance Infrastructure (R-Infra) expects the project cost of the second line of Mumbai Metro rail network to touch Rs 11,000 crore, up by more than 40 per cent over Rs 7,660 crore as estimated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

A consortium led by R-Infra has emerged as the single bidder for the 32-km-long project connecting Charkop in the west with Mankhurd in the east. The company is currently implementing the 12-km elevated stretch connecting Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar.

R-Infra has bid for Rs 2,298 crore capital grant for the second Metro line. The maximum grant available is Rs 3,064 crore, which is 40 per cent of the MMRDA’s estimate of the project cost.

“We have sought government funding to the extent of 30 per cent of the original project cost. However, our estimates suggest that the actual project cost will far exceed the initial estimates and may touch Rs 11,000 crore,” a company spokesperson told Business Line.

Ruling out any negative impact of the higher project cost on the viability, the official said that according to company’s estimates the Charkop-Mankhurd section of the Metro is expected to witness a daily passenger traffic of 13 lakh in 2014. “This is slightly higher than the MMRDA passenger traffic estimates. Also we have taken into account the projected revenue flow from real estates and other sources,” he said.

According to the company, the work on Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar Metro, progressing nearly 18 months ahead of schedule, will be completed in September 2010.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 05:26

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