Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed officials to meet the target of completing 100,000 houses by Gandhi Jayanthi this year. His ambitious plan is to build 500,000 houses in all 13 districts by the end of 2019 at a cost Rs 382.66 billion.

He has asked the officials to increase the daily target of completing 150 houses against the present status of 100 houses. He also asked them to complete the total houses sanctioned in 2016-17 at the earliest, and begin the work on those sanctioned for 2017-18 and 2018-19, TNN reported.

The government notification issued on Feb 6 directed officials to complete the national plan of housing for all under the affordable housing project of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. While giving administrative clearance to the scheme, the government directed housing officials to complete the project in the state, and naming them NTR Nagars.

The housing department will use the shear wall technology, which is a reinforced concrete technology to complete houses and that would, according to the engineers, avoid the cement plastering work at the end, and a beneficiary can move into his/her house at the earliest.

The government is also set to go for a massive Rs 18.01 billion loan from the Hudco for the first phase of houses, numbering 120,106, to meet its share of Rs 150,000 per house. The central government is paying Rs 150,000 per house.

The state government has already cleared the plans for three model houses in three categories. The first model house would have 300 sq ft and the beneficiary would have to pay Rs 265,000, while the second model house would be 365 sq ft where the beneficiary would have to pay Rs 365,000. The third model will be 430 sq ft, for which the beneficiary would have to pay Rs 465,000.

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