Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh created a record by starting work for construction of 6,09,178 houses in three days against the target of doing this for 3,85,714 houses under the YSR Congress’s flagship Pedalandariki Illu programme, a part of the Navaratnalu or nine promises made in the manifesto. The mega exercise was done on three auspicious days — July 1, 3 and 4.
Housing minister Ranganadha Raju participated in the ceremony for a housing colony layout at Kornepadu in Guntur district on Sunday. The minister said AP has created a record in doing the grounding for houses on a large scale. This did not happen anywhere else in the country on such a huge scale.
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy fulfilled all election promises including ‘houses for all’. The YSRC government dedicatedly worked towards providing shelter to all the needy through the Jagananna colonies scheme. The government offered house sites to 30 lakh beneficiaries. Construction for 15 lakh houses would be completed in the first phase and the rest of the constructions would be done in the second phase.
Home minister Mekathoti Sucharita said the CM gave top priority to women and hence distributed house pattas in the name of women and they are becoming luckier. Adviser to government on public affairs Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said the mega housing scheme for construction of 30 lakh houses would be etched in the history of India as a unique governmental programme.
Transport minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) took part in the mega housing grounding mela in Machilipatnam on Sunday. He was present at Mekavanipalam village where work started for 182 beneficiaries, out of the 268 plots in the 8-acre layout in the YSR Jagannath colonies.
Deputy Chief Minister Pamula Pushpa Srivani participated in the programme in Komarada mandal of Vizianagaram district. Revenue minister Dharmana Krishna Das joined hands with housing beneficiaries in grounding of house construction in Urlam in Narasannapeta Mandal.
Special chief secretary to the housing department, Ajay Jain, supervised the programme in 13 districts by interacting with district collectors, JCs, project directors (housing), public representatives and beneficiaries through video conference.