Prime Minister Mamohan Singh is expected visit Chandigarh in the second week of September to hand over the possession of flats, constructed for rehabilitation of slum dwellers of Colony Number 5 under a highly ambitious project of the UT administration, which is being executed by the Chandigarh Housing Board to make the city "slum free".
The project has been in the pipeline for over five years, and is complete now thus paving way to relocate one of the largest slums in the city, Colony Number 5.
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), as part of the scheme, had constructed 8,448 flats in Dhanas to rehabilitate the dwellers of Colony Number 5, but these flats are yet to be handed over as the authorities were awaiting nod from the Prime Minister's office (PMO).
"The Prime Minister is expected to be in city by second week of September. The date is yet to be confirmed but if everything goes as per the plan, tentatively he would be in city on September 10," confirmed a senior official of the UT administration.
Sources added that an invitation was sent to the Prime Minister in April this year. The handing over the possession of the flats was delayed despite the project being complete as a confirmation from the PMO was awaited.
Sources in the administration confirm that preparations for the event have already started and senior officials of the UT administration had visited Dhanas to oversee the project.
The UT administration, as part of the rehabilitation scheme, plans to shift the colony residents to the newly-constructed 8,448 flats in Dhanas. Sources added that the work on the amenities such as storm water pipes, electricity connections and a sewage treatment plant is nearing completion.
The CHB had two years ago constructed 8,448 flats in Dhanas under the UT administration's slum rehabilitation plan. However, due to laxity on part of the UT administration, flats have been lying vacant. The CHB had started the project in 2008 and completed it in 2010. The flats have been constructed on 162.5 acres of land with a motive to rehabilitate residents of Colony Number 4 and 5.