With an eye on the 2019 elections, the Telangana government has withdrawn the infrastructure component’ from its prestigious two-bedroom housing scheme, a Rs 23,000 crore flagship programme of chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
The move is aimed at making it attractive for contractors to take up construction of two-bedroom houses and complete over two lakh units before elections. The possibility of KCR going for an early polls in the fag end of 2018 instead of 2019 is also not ruled out by political pundits if projects such as 2-BHK, Mission Bhagiratha and Kakatiya are completed by then.
The withdrawal of ‘infrastructure component’ will considerably reduce the financial burden on contractors who have been demanding an increase in the cost of each unit. As per the orders and guidelines for 2-BHK scheme issued by state government on October 15, 2015, the cost of infrastructure is Rs 1.25 lakh per 2-BHK house in rural areas and Rs 75,000 in urban areas.
With the withdrawal of ‘infrastructure component’ from the scheme, the contractors can do away with this extra investment. In other words, they can simply confine their job to constructing the housing units.
Housing department special chief secretary Chitra Ramachandran issued the orders deleting the ‘infrastructure component’ from the earlier issued guidelines. She said the unit cost of houses in the 2 BHK scheme without this ‘component’ would be applicable only for the future tenders including second and subsequent calls for the entire 2BHK programme in the sate.
Also the cost of each 2-BHK unit in rural areas would be Rs 5.04 lakh, Rs 5.30 lakh in urban areas, Rs 7 lakh per unit for ground plus three buildings in GHMC area and Rs 7.90 lakh per unit in cellar plus stilt plus 9-floor buildings in GHMC area. Infrastructure for each 2-BHK colony includes water supply, electricity, approach & internal roads and drains, sewerage with infrastructure cost per house will not exceed Rs 1.25 lakh in rural and Rs 75,000 per house in urban areas.