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State's mission: To make Mumbai region slum-free

In the next three months, the state government plans to draft ‘housing mission' for the city and metropolitan region that is home to 2.5 crore people.

mumbai Updated: Sep 10, 2010 01:17 IST
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In the next three months, the state government plans to draft ‘housing mission' for the city and metropolitan region that is home to 2.5 crore people.

The mission will point to a time-bound programme to implement the government's many ambitious housing schemes including affordable housing, slum rehabilitation, rental housing.

It will do so by taking steps to usher in reforms in housing laws, updating housing technology and even increasing vertical development rights.

The housing department has set up a steering committee of 23 members led by housing secretary Sitaram Kunte to prepare this mission by examining housing initiatives of the government and suggesting ways to effectively implement them.

The mission is central to the city's transformation to a world-class city.

Consider this.

In 2008, there were 32 lakh households that could not afford a basic housing unit in the city and the metropolitan region. Around 60 per cent of people in the city and 20 per cent in MMR live in slums.

The steering committee has the task to define affordable housing in terms of size of the house and the approximate cost.

The state government has promised to create 10 lakh affordable houses in the coming five years. It has tied up with the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry to provide 5 lakh of such houses.

But, it still hasn't defined an affordable house or which income group can have access to these houses.

For slum rehabilitation, this mission is also likely to delineate separate parameters for redevelopment of clusters of slum. To rule out frauds in slum rehabilitation, the mission will set out time lines for mapping all slums through satellite imagery and giving beneficiaries biometric cards.

Under the mission, the government will also conduct audit of the land available in the MMR that can be used for housing.

The other issues the mission will address include expediting the process to set up housing regulatory authority to redress the grievances of house-buyers. The mission has also been asked to help development of sustainable housing technology for green housing, low cost housing and eco-friendly housing.

The mission was set up following concerns flagged by the Citizens Action Group in a meeting with the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan last year. Chavan has now given all departments three months to crystalise the missions for important departments including housing, health and environment.