March 4, 2013 2:09:12 am
Kanshiram Shahri Garib Awas Yojna,the scheme for giving free houses to urban poor which was launched by the previous Mayawati government,has come to a complete halt under the present Akhilesh Yadav government. Against a target of 24,276 houses,only 1,720 houses have been built in the last one year.
The BSP government had launched the scheme in 2008-09 and about 90,000 houses were allotted to poor in the first phase. In second phase in 2009-10,around 42,700 houses were built. In the third phase,45,000 houses were planned for 2010-11. However,the work got delayed. In March 2012,work came to a halt after the Samajwadi Party government took over. The new government decided to close the scheme after completing those pockets of houses where construction had reached up to the plinth level. Going by that criteria,the target was reduced to 24,276 houses,spread over in 49 districts.
The development authorities are constructing the houses in 18 districts whereas UP Housing and Development Board is executing the scheme in the remaining 38 districts.
According to a recent progress report,only 1,720 houses have been completed in the last one year. The UPHDB had been assigned the task of constructing 16,748 houses but it has not completed a single unit.
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Among the development authorities,the highest target of 2,000 houses was given to the Kanpur Development Authority,which has not completed a single house. KDA chief engineer Baldev Prasad Mishra said,First,the project got delayed when the construction work was stopped after the change of the government. Later,the cost of construction material increased. He said the work progressed slow because the KDA had yet to receive an installment of fund from the government.
Construction of the houses has stopped in Saharanpur where 368 houses were to be constructed. Work has stopped because we are not getting the supply of constructing materials. The mining of such materials has stopped in Jalalpur following a Supreme Court order,so we cant say when the work will resume,said Ashok Kumar,Secretary,Saharanpur Development Authority.
Similarly,not a single house has been completed in Allahabad,Meerut,Bulandshahar,Muzaffarnagar and Rampur. The government had set the target to construct 1,208 houses in Meerut,500 each in Muzaffarnagar and Bulandshahr,416 in Allahabad and 764 in Rampur.
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