The integrated housing slum development programme (IHSDP), launched by union ministry in 2005, is all set to come to an end in the city.
The aim of IHSDP was to strengthen urban planning by integrating urban poor in city planning and development, by providing them an alternative for slums.
Municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) officials claimed that they are no longer constructing dwellings under the scheme.
Only the people living in slums were eligible to apply for housing under this scheme. MC started work under the scheme in 2008.
According to a survey conducted by the civic body here, there were 3,938 beneficiaries under the scheme in the municipal limits.
As per the records gathered by local government department, it has made 1,200 dwellings in the city so far, under this scheme.
Civic body had received notifications from government for closing of the scheme in March this year and it was to be completed by March 31, 2017.
The officials said that they are winding up the scheme, four months ahead of time, as they have not received any more applications.
They will put bill for closing of the scheme in the next general house meeting.
REMARKS ON THE SCHEME
The municipal corporation Jalandhar office released a statement: “There are 22 slums and 3,938 beneficiaries who have been identified.”
“Tender were called thrice to implement the scheme as per scheme guidelines but it could not be materialised due to technical problems. Thereafter, the scheme was implemented on pattern of Haryana, Andhra Pardesh and Tamil Nadu, as per modified policy issued by PMIDC.” said the statement.
IHSDP DIFFERENT FROM PM’S HOUSING SCHEME
Superintendent engineer buildings and roads (B&R) department Kulvinder Singh said that one should be not confuse this scheme the PM’s housing scheme.
“Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana is active and the applications under it are in process phase,” said Kulvinder.
This year, under PM housing scheme, Municipal corporation Jalandhar has approved 2,000 applications whose funds are yet to come.