HYDERABAD: Uncertainty over the status of Hyderabad seems to be casting a shadow on ambitious housing projects taken up by the Andhra Pradesh Housing Board (APHB).
The APHB, which has been facing financial crisis for the past few years, was hopeful of a good response from the public
for its housing projects proposed at Raviryal village near the Shamshabad International Airport and Laxmiguda near Katedan. to tide over its financial problems.
However, it proved a damp squib as just 161 applications were received for 420 independent villas proposed at the housing project at Raviryal village in Maheshwaram mandal in an extent of 125 acres and only six applications for 41 villas proposed at Laxmiguda village in an extent of two acres.
APHB officials said the villas at Raviryal village have been proposed for high income group (HIG I&II) and middle income group (MIG). The project was divided into three categories-120 HIG-II units in an extent of 266 square (sq) yards each, 200 HIG-I units in 220 sq yards each and another 100 houses for MIG. The housing board has reserved 49% of the independent villas for public representatives like
MPs, MLAs, defence personnel, SC, ST, BCs, state government employees (both in service and retired), physically handicapped and freedom fighters and 51% for the general public. Apart from this, 30% would be allotted to women.
The tentative price of the villas has been set between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 37 lakh for HIG and Rs 13.80 lakh for MIG after considering the land cost component (about Rs 3,500 per square yard, whereas in surrounding Adibhatla village the cost is Rs 5,000 per sq yard).
The APHB proposed 41 independent houses in two acres at Laxmiguda near Katedan in Rajendranagar mandal. The area is fully developed with 685 houses constructed by the board in five phases.
The authorities are in a dilemma whether to go ahead with the project or put them on hold if there was no change even after extending the deadline. "There is poor response from applicants for both the housing schemes mainly due to uncertainty in the state, especially on the status of Hyderabad. As the agitation is on in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, the date has been extended up to October 7 for general public and October 22 for defence personnel," an executive engineer of APHB told TOI.
Apart from the two projects, the housing board had notified for sale, auction and demand survey of various housing projects in Pocharam and Vijayawada. In Pocharam, leftover 61 LIG flats with 355 square feet area and 512 sq ft area were put up for auction. But there were no takers and those who attended the auction sought allotment of flats on hire purchase basis. Similarly, 15 two-bedroom flats and duplex houses at Sanskriti township of Pocharam were up for sale, but even they evoked poor response.