New Delhi: Saddled with complaints regarding quality of houses built for poor, government on Tuesday said it was considering third party inspection of such projects in the second phase of the scheme.
"We are considering third party inspection of the projects implemented in the second phase of Rajiv Awas Yojana," Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
He was replying to a question by S Alagiri (Cong) on the quality of houses built for economically weaker sections which were said to last 30 years.
"If houses built for PWD Engineer, MPs and MLAs can last 100 years, why this discrepancy when dealing with the economically weaker sections," he asked.
Maken said the Centre, along with states, would make arrangements for operation and maintenance of dwelling units built under the RAY programme.
He said the Phase-I of RAY was started in July last year and 12 projects worth Rs 446.22 crore have been sanctioned under it for construction of 8,400 dwelling units.
He said 21 projects have been pending with the ministry for evaluation.
Maken said the government proposed to include all cities under Phase-II of RAY.