Slum population in urban parts of the country has more than doubled in the last two decades with Mumbai topping the list where every second person is a slum dweller.
As per the 2001 census, 61.8 million people reside in slums across the urban parts of the country, a sharp increase compared to 27.9 million slum population in 1981, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.
As per the 2001 census data, 54.1 per cent of population in Greater Mumbai lives in slums, followed by Meerut (44.1 per cent), Nagpur (35.9), Kolkata (32.5) and Thane, Maharashtra (27.8), Minister of State for Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja told the Lok Sabha.
According to the figures, 18.7 per cent of the population in the capital resides in slums.
Mumbai Metro: Centre has received proposals from Goverment of Maharashtra for introduction of metro rail in three corridors in Mumbai, Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken told the Lok Sabha.
He said proposals have been received for Versova-Andheri- Mankhurd, Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd and Colaba-Mahim-Bandra corridors for providing Central financial assistance as per the guidelines.
Maken said Maharashtra has prepared a masterplan for introduction of metro rail system in Mumbai in nine corridors.