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Amend town planning for slum-free India: Centre

Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 11:20

New Delhi: Seeking reservation of land
for affordable housing and survey of all slums in cities
across India, the Centre has asked all state governments and
Union Territories to amend town planning and other related
laws for this.

In a letter written to all chief ministers, Housing and
Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja has sought the
amendment to town planning for reservation of land for
affordable housing.

"You may kindly consider amending town planning, urban
area development, municipal and other related laws to provide
for reservation of land for affordable housing, basic
amenities and informal sector activities of the poor," Selja
stated in her letter.

Stressing the need for a complete database on existing
slums, she has sought proper surveys of all slums in cities
and towns within three months and develop an authentic
database on the prevailing field conditions.

"The legal framework may also cover innovative land
assembly techniques including land pooling, use of Floor Space
Index as a resource, incentive zoning and other measures to
promote affordable housing to the urban poor," the letter

Referring to the Presidential address on June 4 in
which the Rajiv Awas Yojana for the slum dwellers and the
urban poor was prominently mentioned, Selja said her ministry
was currently in the process of formulating the parameters of
the scheme.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 11:20
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