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Telangana building homes and happiness

As the saying goes ‘Where there is a will, there is a way,’ the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government has proved that through commitment and determination, anything can be achieved. The State government’s indigenously planned 2BHK scheme has grown by leaps and bounds in the last one year, literally built brick-by-brick.

Between November, 2016 and November, 2017, the State government’s flagship progamme underwent a sea change with expenditure incurred on the project witnessing a whopping 10-fold increase. Beginning with a modest expenditure of Rs 61.61 crore, the government has now spent a staggering Rs 641.84 crore on the housing project for the poor. The 2BHK programme is a dream project of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao whose ambition is to facilitate the poor live with dignity.

Performance based on number of tenders finalised with respect to allocations made by State government


Much like the allocation of funds which has risen, the administrative sanctions accorded to the project too have gone up over three-fold, making it one of the fastest growing projects in the State. Over the last one year, the administrative sanctions accorded by the government have zoomed from 62,462 units to 2,25,887 units this year. The more than impressive growth in the number of units stems from the Chief Minister’s interest in providing homes for all, say officials from the Telangana State Housing Department. Speaking to Telangana Today, Principal Secretary (Housing) Chitra Ramachandran said: “In the last one year, there has been tremendous growth in the project. There was no let up from any sector to ensure that the scheme reaches completion.”

The State government’s enthusiasm is mirrored by the number of tenders it has called to take up the project and complete it.

Ranking to boost competitive spirit

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The Housing Department’s novel technique of ranking districts and its corresponding workforce with a ranking to boost the competitive spirit among the district headquarters seems to be working wonders. “The districts are trying to trump each other and are trying to launch as many housing units as they can,” says Venkat, a superintending engineer of the department.

The TSHCL has also categorised districts into best, average and low performing ones, based on the number of tenders called for and finalised. As per the latest records compiled by the Corporation, the top spot has been secured by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) which has begun construction on as many as 76,326 housing units and has already launched 396 units. Another feather in the GHMC’s cap is the fact that it had called for one lakh tenders and finalised all of them. On the heels of the GHMC, is Siddipet district, which has called for 11,103 tenders finalised 10,890 tenders. The third position has been secured by Kamareddy district, which has finalised 3,718 of the 6,208 tenders (58 per cent) it had called for.

The districts that have been marked as average performing are Rajana Sircilla, Medak, Sangareddy, Mahabubnagar, Jangaon, Wanaparthy, Adilabad, Suryapet, Mahbubabad and Nalgonda.

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Similarly, the low performing districts are Peddapally, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri, Warangal (Rural), Nagarkurnool, Jagityal, Nirmal, Mancherial, Ranga Reddy, Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Vikarabad and Gadwal Jogulamba.

Incidentally, when compared to the performance charts as provided by the corporation in September, the performance of a few districts like Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Adilabad, Wanaparthy and Nalgonda have improved significantly.

While Jayashankar Bhupalpally district was ranked 16th in September, it climbed up the table in November to the eighth position. Similarly, Wanaparthy, earlier ranked 24th, jumped to 16th position in November, and Bhadradri Kothagudem which was previously ranked at 9th  improved its position to 6th in the rankings. Similar was the case with Adilabad and Nalgonda, which were previously ranked 20 and 26, and moved up to 17 and 20 respectively.

Roof over everyone’s head is government

    -A Indrakaran Reddy, Housing Minister

It is a matter of pride for the newly-carved out Telangana State that it is working towards ensuring a roof over everyone’s head. TS is the only State in the country to have taken up such a massive and ambitious project. When this scheme was conceptualised, the only thing that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had in mind was to ensure that every denizen of the State leads a dignified life. We want to ensure that all the people who are below the poverty line lead a comfortable and dignified life.

Of the 1.7 lakh houses that have been planned in the districts, 1.2 lakh have been tendered, of which 70,000 have completed the tender process.

Our officials are meticulously going through the documents of every participant. They are looking to select construction companies or agencies which have the mettle to take on the project. The process is moving in a mission-mode. The aim of the project is to ensure that every person has a dignified lifestyle with two-bedrooms and bathrooms. With these, we will achieve a new feat in the history of the country.

Tender process for 2BHK scheme on fast track

Tender Process for 2BHK scheme on fast track

According to the statistics provided by the Telangana State Housing Corporation Limited (TSHCL), in November last year the government had called for 44,568 tenders and within a year, the numbers catapulted to 1,98,348 by November 15 this year.

“We have taken up construction of 1,12,782 housing units and have finalised tenders for 1,60,611 units,” said Ch Satya Murthy, chief engineer, Telagana State Housing Corporation Limited. The contractors, he said, have to procure building material like cement, bricks and labour, among other inputs required.

“The State government has been providing cement to the contractors at subsidised rates following an agreement it signed with Cement Manufacturer’s Association,” says Satya Murthy. Officials cited that any licensed builder with an experience of executing projects even once in the last 10 years is eligible to take part in the tender process. The cost of an ongoing project is also considered as an eligibility criterion for selection of contractors for the prestigious 2BHK scheme.  While the recently introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST) resulted in an increase in prices of a few commodities, the State has made efforts to ensure that the price rise does not impact the cost of the units.

“In residential buildings, nearly 70 per cent of value is material component and the remaining 30 per cent is labour. The contractors who are executing the works can avail themselves of an average of 5-8 per cent input tax credit on procurement of construction material,” says Venkat, Superintending engineer, TSHCL.

Also, the Department has been procuring fly ash — used in making bricks — from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for free in a bid to cut costs.


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