VISAKHAPATNAM: The beneficiaries of JNNURM houses at Kommadi village are vexed with persisting problems even after three years of their occupation. Even as they grapple with the problem of lack of basic amenities, they faced a strange problem recently.
The panel board electricity wires of the houses were stolen, plunging the area into darkness. The beneficiaries staged a protest at the collectorate, seeking redressal of their grievances.
The panel board wires had been stolen in 26 blocks of the total 32 of the JNNURM houses. On a complaint about the stolen wires, the officials concerned of Andhra Pradesh Housing Corporation washed off their hands stating that the documents of those houses had already been handed over to the beneficiaries, said P Vasanth Kumar, one of the beneficiaries. He lamented that the officials had always neglected their problems. There are a total of 1,024 beneficiaries of the JNNURM houses, which were constructed at Kommadi village near Chaitanya Engineering College.
Though the houses were completed in 2009, they lack basic amenities like proper drinking water supply, drainage and connecting roads. Because of the problems, many beneficiaries did not occupy their houses. For lack of maintenance, the area has now become a safe haven for snakes.