As part of the slum rehabilitation programme of the UT administration being carried out by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), possession documents of 1,568 small flats were handed over to eligible beneficiaries at Mauli Jagran-II by Kaptan Singh Solanki, the governor of Punjab and Haryana and the UT administrator; and M Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation, at a function on Tuesday.
These flats are in four storeyed buildings, with a covered area of 307 sq ft each, including area of common services for each unit. Each flat consists of a big room, bathroom-toilet and a kitchen alcove. The flats have been allotted under the Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme 2006 by the CHB as per list of eligible beneficiaries identified by the estate office of the UT. The slum rehabilitation programme is being run under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Speaking on the occasion, Solanki said the government was “totally committed”towards the welfare of the poor. He said the UT was on its way to becoming slum-free. He also talked of how Swami Vivekanand had said in 1893 that the 21st century would belong to India, and how that was set to happen now that many other big countries had their prime period.
Naidu in his address congratulated the families who got ownership of houses. “Roti, kapda aur makaan (food, clothes and shelter)” were three basic requirements of a human being. “Among these three, makaan is the one which requires maximum effort and investment... Henceforth, all the families who are getting house today will be able to sleep with peace of mind,” he noted.
He also underlined that “India has a shortage of around 2 crore houses in urban areas, and 90% of this shortage is in the economically weaker sections and low-income group.”
“Urbanisation is an undisputed driver of the process of economic growth. Unfortunately, urbanisation has so far been characterised by lack of proper and strategic planning. The Narendra Modi government has started changing that and is committed to housing for all,”he said, adding that the Centre was “in final stages of launching the Housing for All programme with the objective to assist the state governments for facilitating a pucca house to all citizens of the country by the year 2022”. He also publicised the low-premium insurance schemes launched recently, and said interest subvention on housing loan is already in the works.
CHB chairman Maninder Singh detailed the UT’s slum rehab programme. The scheme includes construction of 25,728 small flats in three phases of 6,368, 10,016 and 9,344 flats, with a total provision of `1,021.5 crore. Out of these, 12,736 are one room flats and 12,992 are two-room flats. CHB had already completed the construction of 11,168 one room small flats in Sector 49 (1,024), Sector 38 (west) (1,120), Ramdarbar(576) and Dhanas (8,448) which have been handed over to the beneficiaries. Of the remaining, construction of 4,960 small flats at Maloya has already been taken up.