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Slum rehab body tightens screws on builders

mumbai Updated: Nov 24, 2009 01:15 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
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In the last 13 years, only 1.2 lakh houses have been constructed to rehabilitate slumdwellers displaced by state government projects — an average of 10,000 homes a year.

To set things right, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) is now tightening rules to ensure that more people are accommodated under this scheme.

For this, the authority plans to begin time-bound programmes for completion of projects, conduct periodical checks on the quality of work and even blacklist errant developers.

Sachin Ahir, minister of state for Housing, said he wants to speed the process of slum removal. “We have developers who have been sitting on projects for decades. The time- bound programmes will weed out such developers,” he said, adding that the authority will prepare a list of such errant developers who will then be blacklisted.

The SRA scheme was formed in 1996 to make the city slum-free by rehabilitating the residents in buildings. Under the scheme, if more than 70 per cent slumdwellers agree, they can appoint a builder who will build free tenements on the plot. In return, the builder will get a part of the plot to construct houses to sell in the open market.

Ahir said an amendment would be made in the Cooperatives Act to ensure that multiple redevelopment societies do not crop up in one slum scheme.

“Our registrar will visit the slums, attend the general body meeting and give recognition to the society only if there is a consent of more than 70 per cent members,” said Ahir. “Once a society is recognised, we will ensure that no other society will be entertained by us.”