Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao today participated in various developmental works across the city, including at Narayanguda and L B Nagar.
He also inaugurated 126 2BHK units, built to provide free housing for the poor in the state, in the Lambadi Thanda area of Hyderabad.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister conveyed his wishes to the beneficiaries, and said that Telangana was the only one of the 29 states in the country that had undertaken such a massive housing project for the poor - 2,72,000 2BHK houses for the poor at a cost of Rs 18,000 crores.
"In the GHMC area alone the construction of one lakh 2BHK houses has been kicked off, at a cost of Rs 9,714 crore. These 126 units here have been built at a cost of Rs 10.9 crore. These houses are meant to give the economically disadvantaged sections of the state a life of dignity. Each house, built at a cost of Rs 9 lakh, is equipped with every facility needed to live a comfortable life," KTR said.
The minister also appealed to the beneficiaries to honour the efforts being made by the government to ensure their welfare, and requested them to maintain the houses well by not littering the premises, and keeping the area clean and green.
He also requested them not to sell or let-out their houses to others as the units had been built specifically for the poor.
"The government can take the steps to implement the various development programs, but the people must also support these efforts. I appeal to you to support our efforts to give you comfortable houses. Please do not rent out or sell your 2BHK units," KTR reiterated.
Ministers G Kishan Reddy, Mohammed Mahmood Ali and Talasani Srinivas Yadav, GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, and various MLAs and local corporators also participated in the inaugural ceremony.
Mild tension erupted in the area when several BJP workers began to shout slogans against the minister.
They were reportedly protesting the delay in the formation of the new GHMC Executive Council, and in conducting the election for the Mayor. This demonstration came days after the party recently stormed the Pragathi Bhavan
to protest the delays.
Though caught in a sticky situation, KTR calmly tried to pacify the saffron party's workers, and asked them to cooperate with the TRS regime and contribute meaningfully to the development of the state.