VIJAYAWADA: Chaos prevailed at Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) council meeting on Friday when the opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRC) corporators engaged in a verbal combat with the ruling TDP corporators over the irregularities that came to light in the sanctioning of houses for the eligible poor under the ‘Housing For All’ scheme of the State Government. The issue was raised by YSRC corporator and floor leader B Punya Sheela at the council during the agenda discussion.
Sheela said that people in her division approached her claiming that they received a message over the allotment of houses on their name. When they took the issue to the notice of West Constituency MLA Jaleel Khan, he replied that supporters of YSRC would not get houses allotted under the scheme.
In this regard, she also sought a clarification from officials on a report published in the vernacular which stated that 12,000 houses have been divided and alloted to four legislators. (3,000 each).
Supporting the issue raised by Punya Sheela, BJP corporator Uttamchand Bandari also expressed disatisfication with the attitude of the TDP legislators.
TDP floor leader G Hari Babu said that houses will be alloted to eligible beneficiaries in a transparent manner. Moreover, the district administration clarified that applications filed by the beneficiaries are under consideration but not alloted, he addedMunicipal Commissioner J Nivas said 47,735 applications have been filed under the Janmabhoomi scheme. As per GO 276, dated July 20, 2016, district in-charge minister will be the chairman for housing scheme monitoring committee.
Argument over market name
TDP and YSRC corporators argued over naming a new vegetable market in Vidyadharapuram in the name of Gundarapu Somiah, father of TDP floor leader G Hari babu. The TDP corporator proposed a resolution to name the market after Haribabu’s father’s name as Haribabu has contributed `3 lakh towards the construction of bore well and main gate. YSRC corporator B Vijaya Kumar questioned that how can council change the name for the sake of donation which was less than ten percent of the total project cost.