Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy has accused Leader of the Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly N Chandrababu Naidu of creating hurdles in rolling out housing project for the poor.

He said the government shall approach a divisional bench for further proceedings.

Speaking to the media here on Monday, he said TDP leaders were obstructing the housing scheme with sheer jealousy and unrest. He lamented that some political forces were using the courts for their own selfish deeds.

Asserting that justice would prevail, he said that 31 lakh poor families in the state were homeless and the construction of houses was aimed at providing shelter to the poor.

The YSRCP senior leader said that the previous TDP government had mooted construction of houses in just 220-300 sqft under Andhra Pradesh Township And Infrastructure Development Corporation (TIDCO) project which is a three-storied building.

He said although the state government is constructing independent houses in 340 sq ft, the opposition has been stalling the project citing environmental impact. He questioned Chandrababu Naidu why he didn't speak on environmental impact during his term while he has been constructing houses in much lower plinth areas and slammed him for making cheap politics by using courts.

He said that Chandrababu is making such conspiracies against the government as he couldn't win in elections. He clarified that the government was not violating any rules and stated that the entire housing project meets the norms of the National Building Code (NBC).

Drawing a comparison with previous governments, he said that the plinth area of Indiramma houses was 215 sq ft, while during TDP rule they were 224 sq ft. He said the government has been constructing houses in 340 sq ft. As per NBC, the minimum plinth area required to take up construction is 221.9 sq ft. However, the state government is constructing houses in more than the minimum plinth area.

As of the house sites are concerned, Sajjala said that the government is providing house site of 31.72 sq mt, wherein other states like Arunachal Pradesh is providing house site of only 25 sq mt, in Uttar Pradesh it is 27.1 sq mt, in Odisha it is 28.07 sq mt, Tamil Nadu is giving 28.05 sq mt, Jharkhand in 28.42 sq mt and Jammu Kashmir is providing 29.5 sq mt as house sites for the poor.

Reddy said that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken this initiative as a mission to fulfill the dream of the poor in owning a house and started the construction of 15.6 lakh houses duly meeting all the required standards.

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