VIJAYAWADA: The AP high court on Monday directed the state government to file an affidavit stating a timeline by when the construction of houses taken up under Pradhan Mantri Aavas Yojana (PMAY) will be completed and possession given to the beneficiaries. The bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice A V Sesha Sai also asked the government why there was so much delay to complete the works.
One J Balaji from Eluru had moved a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the inaction of the state government in completion of houses and delay in allotting about 85,000 houses to the beneficiaries in which works have been completed.
Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, Panini Somayaji told the court that the state government was not allotting the houses even after completion of works. Government pleader D Bala Swamy countered the allegation, and told the court that out of 2.68 lakh houses constructed under PMAY scheme, over 5,000 houses have been allotted to the beneficiaries and they have also taken possession. In the remaining houses, works are at various stages of competition.
Contending the argument of the petitioner that 85,000 houses were completed, he said the works involve not only the house structure, but also basic infrastructure works like water, electricity and drainage facilities which need to be provided. As the works pertaining to infrastructure development are yet to be completed, the houses have not been given for possession, he added.
Considering the arguments from both sides, the high court asked the state government why the works were getting delayed. The bench also directed the government to submit an affidavit stating a timeline by when all the works will be completed and possession will be given to the beneficiaries.