The TDP worthies have allegedly used the housing for the poor scheme to siphon off funds in a very big way. This has come to light after Jagan Government fixed the per square yard construction cost at Rs 650. The contractors will have to construct the 800 houses that the government will now construct for the victims of the Hudhud Cyclone at this rate. In fact, the per sqare yard construction cost during the TDP regime was a staggering Rs 2000. This means, one every square yard of construction, the contractors had siphoned off Rs 1350. There were several allegations of the TDP, contractor collusion in this house construction scam. The scam, according to sources was worth Rs 4930 crore. This figure was arrived at by an expert committee.
The YSRCP government has called for a tenders with per house cost pegged at Rs 1,06,687 for the Hudhud victim. The cost of the same houses was pegged between Rs 6.40 lakh to Rs 8.70 lakh during the TDP regime. The TDP government had spiked up the rates in the name of the share-wall technology. This also made the beneficiaries to shell out at least Rs 3 lakh from his pocket. In addition, the proposals for house construction were kept in the limbo for over four years under Chandrababu Naidu. YSRCP government is now working hard to rationalise the rate structure and make the costs affordable for the common man.