As the stage is all set for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the city on September 14 to hand over keys of rehab flats in Dhanas to slum-dwellers, at least 130 of the 8,448 flats remain unavailable for allotment to the target beneficiaries. For, the basic facilities that have not been built so far would operate from these flats.
Under the scheme of the UT administration, 6,110 families from the slum Colony Number 5 would be relocated to the one-room in the first phase, while the rest are in process. No more than 10 beneficiaries will actually be receiving the keys from the PM himself at the function on Saturday morning.
In what has been named Dhanas Housing Complex, 132 four-floor blocks with 64 flats each have been constructed. Each unit has a room with an alcove to serve as kitchenette and a separate toilet.
(Securitymen inspect the venue in Dhanas where PM would hand over rehab flats. Gurpreet Singh/HT)
At least 60 flats have been earmarked for the social welfare department, which would be utilising these to run Anganwari centers, while another five have been kept for the food and civil supplies department to operate ration shops. For the dispensary, eight flats have been given to the health department, while no less than 32 have been marked out for a police post.
With not enough space in the present schools in the area for the around 5,000 children of the allottees, 32 flats are being converted into a makeshift school till the two new four-floor government high schools approved for Dhanas get constructed. Work on the new schools has not yet begun.
On the bright side, though, the project is being seen as a major step towards making Chandigarh the first slum-free city of the country, under this scheme being implemented through the Chandigarh Housing Board. It is under the umbrella of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Overall, the union ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation has approved construction of around 25,000 flats for slum rehab in Chandigarh, with assistance of `436.3 crore. The Chandigarh administration is contributing `585.15 crore.
Project at a glance
*8,448 one-room flats in which around 40,000 people are expected to reside
*Tubewell for drinking water supply, boosting arrangement for water up to rooftops and sewage treatment plant
*Plan to use solar energy panels on the rooftops
*Ownership to be in joint name of husband-wife
Though the support infrastructure has not yet been developed, the UT administration has earmarked certain flats that would not be used for residential purposes but for other basics:
Angwanwaris by social welfare dept 60
Police post for the area 32
School to be run by UT education dept 32
Health dept dispensary 8
Ration shops by civil supply dept 5
Take note: Hospital gates closed for PM visit
Main gate of the PGIMER, opposite the PU gate, to remain closed on September 14 from 10am to 1pm. Alternative gate that is the new OPD near Sector 11 will remain open.
The entry to the GMSH-16 from Madhya Marg will also remain closed from 10am to 2pm. Patients would have to use the road from the Rose Garden side for approaching the hospital emergency, indoor and outdoor facilities.