Wednesday, February 18, 2009

25,000 slum-dwellers to get ownership rights

25,000 slum-dwellers to get ownership rights

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Keeping an eye on the ensuing Parliamentary elections, Karnataka BJP Government has decided to distribute ownership rights to 25,000 poor slum-dwellers of the Bangalore City in the next 30 days.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Minister for Transport R. Ashok said the there will not be any fresh survey to identify the beneficiaries as the process had been done several times in the past by the previous government.

Mr Ashok, who is in-charge minister for Bangalore, said ownership rights or registration of the dwelling plots will be done in one month.

Earlier, Mr Ashok held a review meeting with officials of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore Development Authority, Karnataka Slum Improvement Board, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Bangalore Energy Supply Company and the urban development department. Minister for information and excise minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, was also present.

They said 25,000 out of the estimated 1 lakh slum-dwellers in the city would be given ownership rights.

The Bangalore Development Authority had proposed to impose a levy of Rs 1000 per sq. yard for the dwelling plots, Mr Ashok said the government has decided to charge uniform rate Rs 100 for every beneficiary as the registration fee.

He criticized former minister H D Deve Gowda, who had held a Daridra Narayana rally in the city during the Dharam Singh-led Congress-JD(S) coalition rule and said the BJP will hold a Nemmadi Narayana (happy poor) rally when Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa distributing ownership rights.

Stating that BBMP had 15,000 pending applicants, BDA had 6,000, Slum Board and urban development department had 2,000 each applications from the poor dwelling in the government properties since the last two to three decades, which had been classified as slums, the minister said the beneficiaries who had already been identified and granted identity cards will be eligible for the ownership right.

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