GUNTUR: In what could be a big relief for inmates of Rajiv Gruha Kalpa apartments in the city, Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) has decided to take over the Rajiv Gruha Kalpa assets for better maintenance.

The residents have been complaining that the Housing Board, which constructed the apartments, is not taking measures to resolve drinking water and drainage issues for over a decade. All the inmates are BPL families and could not take up maintenance works on their own.

While the Housing Board washed off its hands after completion of the construction, the GMC could not enter the property as it did not have property rights over the assets.

Taking the frequent complaints from the residents particularly about the drinking water supplies and drainage issues, GMC authorities have decided to take over the management of the apartments. The GMC will shortly sign an agreement with AP Housing Board to get the properties transferred.

“Many people in Rajiv Gruha Kalpa apartments in Adavitakkellapadu and Balaji Nagar area in the city, have been complaining about lack of basic infrastructure and poor maintenance. We have decided to address the issue by taking over the properties,” said GMC commissioner C Anuradha. She said that vacant lands adjacent to the housing board apartments were also filled with garbage and bushes leading to sanitation issues. She said that they could not take up the works as the housing board had not handed over the apartments to the GMC till the date.

GMC has also identified that sewage treatment plant was not properly built in the colony resulting in overflowing of the drains. The housing board made it clear that it could not take up the maintenance works due to paucity of funds.

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