Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao carried out the “Bhoomi Puja” and laid the foundation stone for the construction of 303 houses at an estimated cost of 5.45 billion on Thursday in the village of Vellanki in the constituency of Bheemunipatnam in the district.
The construction of 15,60,227 vacant homes across the state at an estimated cost of 28,084 crore was started by Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in virtual mode from his warehouse office in Tadepalli.
The tourism minister, who participated in the program in Vellanki, said that the first phase would start building 5,000 houses in the district at a cost of 90 billion. The residential colonies would be developed on a par with private residential complexes with underground sewers, electricity and internet connections. The value of any home, including the land cost, would be between ₹ 5 and ₹ 15 lakh.
He said the prime minister had fulfilled all of his promises made during his pre-election padayatra. There is full transparency in identifying beneficiaries and there is no discrimination based on political affiliation, he said.
Collector V. Vinay Chand said that construction of houses on land pending litigation would resume after court approval.
Joint collector M. Venugopal Reddy, RDO Penchala Kishore and Housing PD Srinivasa Rao attended the ceremony.