Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday virtually inaugurated the construction work of YSR Jagananna Colonies across the state. In phase I of the project, 15,60,227 houses will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 28,084 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that this is the first time that a state government is distributing 30.76 lakh house sites to the homeless poor. For the next one week, the foundation laying ceremonies will be conducted while adhering to COVID-19 protocols, he added.

Jagan said construction works will take place in a phased manner and added that 28,30,227 houses will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 50,944 crore in two phases. In phase I, 15.60 lakh houses will be constructed by June 2022 and in phase II, 12.70 lakh houses will be constructed by 2023.

Referring to the 2011 census, Jagan said that of the total population of 4.95 crore, almost 1.24 lakh people will have their own houses. He said almost Rs. 4,128 crore is being spent on providing drinking water, Rs. 22,587 crore on roads and drainage, Rs. 4,986 crore on power supply, Rs. 627 crore on Internet, and Rs. 567 crore on other facilities for these colonies with Rs. 32,909 crore being spent on physical infrastructure alone.

Further, the Chief Minister said the economic situation which was in a slump due to the pandemic will improve with the housing project by creating employment. Also, while the prices of building materials are skyrocketing, the government has taken the initiative to provide the material at affordable prices by procuring 69.70 lakh metric tonnes of cement, 7.44 lakh metric tonnes of steel, 310 lakh metric tonnes of sand, and other materials for the initial construction. The government will also provide 20 metric tonnes of sand free of cost from nearby sand rigs for the construction work.

The Chief Minister further said that any eligible person who is left out can apply for the house and it will be sanctioned within 90 days after the verification process. He said it was unfortunate that 3.74 lakh beneficiaries are being left out from this programme due to the pending cases in courts. He said the government shall treat it as a top priority project and ensure that justice gets served.

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