Thousands of slum dwellers in the city will get basic amenities if the municipal corporation successfully completes its "Slum-Free Ludhiana" project under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY).
RAY is a scheme of the central government that aims to bring all existing slums, notified or non-notified (including recognised and identified) within the formal system and enable them to avail of the basic amenities that are available for the rest of the city.
So far, 199 slums have been identified in the city. An agency, Center for Urban Regional Excellence (CURE) will conduct a survey on these slums in the city and submit its report for the project to the municipal corporation in August.
Thereafter, the MC will submit a project report to the central government in November.
Under the "Slum-Free Ludhiana" project, the MC plans to build flats for the slum dwellers, for which 50% funds will be pooled by the central government, and the remaining by the state government.
"The project will help improve the living conditions of slum dwellers. The slums, which have at least 20 shanties and poor sanitation conditions, lack of proper water supply and sewerage system, will be included in the survey. If the slums are on government land, then flats will be provided to the dwellers under this project," Rahul Tewari, MC commissioner, said.
According to the MC, slums on private land will be upgraded by constructing roads and providing necessary basic amenities. They would also be provided help to construct cemented houses.
Gurdeep Singh Neetu, councillor of ward number 42, said, "The project will help remove encroachments and ensure houses for the underprivileged. They will have access to safe drinking water, proper sewerage system and other required amenities to live life in a better way."
Tewari further said the Centre and state governments would provide 50%-50% funds respectively for this project. "After completion of the survey on slums, we will make estimate for the project and it will be sent to the central government," he added.
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, "We hope the project will be completed within the next four years."