The construction of over 64,000 houses for the urban poor has been put on hold in more than 50 districts of the state as the state government is yet to finalise developers who can ensure quality work.
These houses are to be constructed in the second phase of the Kanshiram Shahri Garib Awas Yojna,which was announced in 2008.
In the first phase of the scheme,over 1.01 lakh flats were constructed by government agencies like UP Housing and Development Board (UPHDB) and other development authorities. Following the reports of poor quality work in some districts last month,the construction of the flats in the second phase was stopped.
In the second phase,the government has set a target of constructing over 91,393 flats in 71 districts at a cost of about Rs 2,500 crore. The construction of those houses where the work had not started by last week of July over 64,000 has been put on hold. However,the construction of around 27,000 houses will continue as the work on them had already begun then.
It has not yet been decided when to start construction of these 64,000 flats. The delay occurred as we have to plan to ensure good construction quality in the project, said J N Chamber,Principal Secretary,Housing and Urban Planning Department.
In the second phase,the UPHDB was assigned the work of constructing over 45,000 flats in 46 districts and the development authorities of constructing the remaining flats in 25 districts.
The construction work has stopped fully in 27 districts. These districts include Meerut,Bareilly,Gorakhpur,Banda,Rae Bareli,Saharanpur,Farrukhabad,Azamgarh,Mau,Balia,Deoria,Maharajganj,Kushinagar,Chitrakoot,Gonda,Bahraich,Shravasti,Barabanki,Badaun,Pilibhit,Bijnor,Jyotiba Phule Nagar,Basti,Siddharth Nagar,Sant Kabir Nagar,Chandauli and Jaunpur. About 26,000 flats are to be constructed in these districts.
The government had set a deadline of March 2011 for completion of these flats,but now this may be possible in 2012,an official said.