176 units of 2BHK to be inaugurated

Thursday 15th March, 2018

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176 units of 2BHK to be inaugurated
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has completed the construction of 176 units of 2BHK housing at Singam Cheruvu, Nacharam. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister (MA&UD) KT Rama Rao will inaugurate the project here on Ugadi this Sunday.
Most beneficiaries tribals
Once a slum with small houses and huts, Singam Cheruvu thanda has been transformed after the government took the decision to provide the slum dwellers with dignified housing here. Almost 95 per cent of the beneficiaries here happen to be tribals
who have been living in the thanda.
Host of amenities
The construction work in the two acre site commenced in January 2016 after the foundation stone was laid by Deputy Chief Minister Mohd. Mahmood Ali, and the civic body has now built 176 housing units spread across 11 blocks in a ground plus three format. A host of amenities including CC roads, drains, drinking water supply, play area for children and LED lighting have been set up here.
The layout
Each 2BHK housing unit comes with 560 sqft and has two bedrooms, hall, kitchen and two bathrooms.
Opening doors to their dreams
Bidding adieu to decades of survival in slums, many will be stepping into a dwelling of their own this Ugadi
It was a dream that B. Ra-mulu Naik was scared to even aspire for. A daily-wage earner, the 46-year-old never thought of a day when he would have a roof of his own that offered shelter to his family.
But this Sunday, on the occasion of Ugadi, what Ra-mulu did not even dare to dream of is all set to become a reality. Bidding adieu to decades of survival in a slum, he will be stepping into a dwelling of his own, thanks to the State government's 2BHK project that endeavours to provide dignified housing to the poorer sections.
On life in slums, Ramulu says, "Eight members of my family lived, ate and slept in a single dilapidated room which had no ventilation. We have no functional toilet and sickness has been a part of our life".
Its not just Ramulu, but 176 other families too will get their own dwellings at Singam Cheruvu, near Nacharam in a layout that comes with a host of amenities that include a well laid out garden to a play area for children.
With the 2BHK project at Singam Cheruvu, the GHMC has turned a new leaf in the lives of these families that lived in the slum
here for almost 35 years. The civic body is completing the project here at a cost of Rs 13.64 crore and the municipal corporation has not only laid out a CC road to connect with the main road but has also set up rainwater harvesting pits and LED lighting.
As part of State's 2BHK project, the GHMC has taken up construction of 1 lakh housing units in the first phase at 109 locations.
Of these, 41 locations are in-situ with 10,269 houses.
Seeking to provide a dignified dwelling unit to the beneficiaries, each of these units comes with a plinth area of about 560 sft with provision for two bedrooms, hall, kitchen and two bath cum toilets.
The design, extent and pattern of dwelling units are utility oriented to meet the urban family requirements, the GHMC officials said.
Focus is also on proper sanitation facility, safe drinking water, ventilation and amenities that enhance the living conditions.
Officials pointed out that the slum dwellers here initially had apprehensions on allotment of dwelling units, their dislocation affecting the livelihood during the transit period of construction, possibility of moving to a different level above the ground in a multi storied
apartment, etc. However, extensive interactions with the stake holders by self-help groups (SHGs) of the civic body, activities like street plays by non-govern-mental organisations and other programmes apart from counselling by senior officials and elected representatives helped in convincing them to become part of the 2BHK project by handing over the slums for development.
Inching closer to reality
Innovations adopted by GHMC for 2BHK
O Green/Eco friendly raw materials such as fly-ash bricks, crushed stone sand used in construction
O Promotion of state-of-the-art technology like shear wall technology and pre-cast technology to complete in short time
O Land pooling achieved within shortest possible time
O Involving department officials and public representatives to counsel slum dwellers
O Vertical construction strategy adopted to accommodate more beneficiaries as available land is minimal
O Government took necessary local policy interventions like changes in tender procedures
O Facilitated contractors to deal with market fluctuations in procurement of raw materials like cement and steel
O Sand supplied free of cost
O Relaxations in building byelaws like height of buildings, minimal requirement of road widths for highrise buildings, etc