Wednesday, November 5, 2008

46 slums to be relocated

46 slums to be relocated
The Karnataka Slum Clearance Board (KSCB) will be constructing 14,754 houses to relocate people living in 46 old slums in the city.

Chikka Bommasandra, Gajanana, Gangagondanahalli, Laggere, Rajagopalnagara, Pantharpalya, A D Halli, Ragigudda, and SBS Sanitarium are among the 46 slums that will be relocated.

The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 261 crore to construct 11,603 houses in the 1st phase and Rs 124.27 crore for 3,151 houses in the second phase under the Jawarlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Soon tenders will be floated for phase I of the project. The Central government will be providing 50 per cent of the funds for constructing the housing units, 40 per cent by the state government and the beneficiaries will have to contribute the other 10 per cent.

Each housing unit will have a constructed area of 2.7 to 3 squares. The KSCB will be providing infrastructure like roads, drains, water supply, auto stands, etc. to the colonies that would be housing the slum-dwellers under the ‘Basic Services For The Urban Poor’ scheme.

Technical director of the KSCB, Ravindrappa, said: “Our aim is to see that the slum-dwellers join the mainstream after they have been relocated. We will provide them all the required basic facilities.” The KSCB has already identified the beneficiaries by conducting a socio-economic survey and a biometric survey. In the socio-economic survey, the KSCB has collected the occupation, social and economic status and other details of beneficiaries and the photo and fingerprints were obtained in the bio-metric survey.

KSCB is planning to allot the houses as per the 1991 survey.

The land that would be obtained after clearing the slums would be used to develop residential layouts.

KSCB has identified 543 backward areas in the city, 231 of which have been declared as slums. Given the numbers, it is a tough haul for the Board to clear all the slums in the city.

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