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42 slums in four cities may soon get 'slum-free' tag

Forty-two slums of four cities - Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Jamshedpur - will soon get 'slum free' tag
Hindustan Times | By Sanjoy Dey
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2014 03:45 PM IST

Forty-two slums of four cities - Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Jamshedpur - will soon get 'slum free' tag.

To make this possible, over 4,300 households will get permanent dwelling units under the Rajiv Awas Yojana at an estimated cost of Rs 236 crore.

The state urban development department is waiting for the release of central funds earmarked for the project.

The final detailed project reports (DPR) have been forwarded to the Centre for approval.

As per the provision under RAY, the dwelling units will come up on a 50:50 (central-state) sharing basis.

However, an official of the urban development said the Centre and the state would provide 90% assistance jointly while each beneficiary will have to bear 10% of the total cost.

Ranchi's five slums - Bada Ghagra, Mahuatoli, Namkom Basti, Loharakocha, Bariatu Basti - have been picked up as pilot projects for implementation of the scheme.
Altogether, 1,565 beneficiaries will get permanent houses on their lands in the slums.

A sum of Rs 79 crore has been earmarked for Ranchi.

Geographical Information System (GIS) specialist of the urban development department Firoz Alam said, "We have identified 255 slums in the state capital through GIS till date which may go up to 300. These slums will also be included under RAY."

Chief executive officer (CEO) of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) Manoj Kumar said the civic body would start construction work after getting funds from the Centre.

Similarly, 30 slums in Dhanbad having 1,982 households will get houses.

A sum of Rs 112 crore will be spent in two phases in the district.

The first phase includes 19 slums while the development of 11 slums will be undertaken in the second phase.

Six slums comprising 383 beneficiaries in Bokaro will get permanent houses at Rs 19.56 crore.

One slum has been taken up as a pilot project in Jamshedpur where 388 beneficiaries will get dwelling units at an estimated cost of Rs 25.91 crore.

With some suggestions of corrections, the Centre had approved the DPRs of the four cities on December 29, 2013.

After making some corrections in the DPRs, the urban development department submitted the final DPRs to its appraisal agency, Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), on February 25.

According to HUDCO, it has submitted the final DPRs of Ranchi, Dhanbad and Bokaro to its headquarter in Delhi which will forward them to the Centre for final approval within a day or two.

However, slums in Jamshedpur will have to wait for concrete houses, as the appraisal agency has detected some flaws even after corrections.

"We have submitted the DPRs of three cities to the headquarters. The DPR of Jamshedpur needs some corrections," Ritabrata Ghosh, HUDCO regional chief, said.

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