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Not many keen on housing scheme for squatters in Noida

noida Updated: Jun 17, 2016 23:39 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Jhuggi rehabilitation scheme

The scheme, aimed at freeing encroached land in industrial sectors, was launched in 2011. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

The Noida authority is not finding many takers for a housing scheme it launched in 2011 for the slum dwellers who encroached upon its prime land in industrial sectors 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10.

Under the ‘Jhuggi rehabilitation scheme’, the authority has built 3,458 flats in Sector 122 for the slum dwellers. The slum dwellers can shift to these flats and vacate the prime land.

However, getting the encroached land back does not seem to be an easy task for the Noida authority as not many slum dwellers have applied for the flats.

“The problem is that slum dwellers do not want to shift to these flats. We have received only 1,195 applications against the 3,458 flats on offer, despite repeated attempts to lure slum dwellers. We are now giving a last opportunity to them to apply by June 30,” said a Noida authority official.

After June 30, the authority will allot the two-room flats to whosoever applies for them.

“The remaining flats will be allotted to interested applicants under another flat scheme —Samajwadi affordable housing scheme. Once the flats under the ‘Jhuggi rehabilitation scheme’ are allotted, the authority will start vacating land in sectors 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10,” said the official.

The authority said the cost of a flat is Rs 5 lakh and the payment can be made in small installments.

“We revised the flat scheme for slum dwellers in 2015 so that it suits their needs. Slum dwellers can afford Rs 5 lakh in small installments,” said Rajesh Prakash additional chief executive officer of the Noida authority.

Slum dwellers are not willing to shift to these flats because they have grabbed bigger spaces in sectors 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10.

“They do not want to shift to flats because they are running businesses from these encroached plots located in the heart of Noida. They do not have to pay for electricity, water and other facilities. Whereas in flats, they will have to pay for these facilities,” said an authority official.