Dwellers of pre-1995 slums eligibile for rehab
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Last Updated: Monday, January 02, 2012, 23:17
Mumbai: In a relief to lakhs of slum- dwellers residing in structures prior to 1995, the Maharashtra Government decided to make the current residents eligible for rehabilitation under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) schemes.

Talking to reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said 33 (10) of the Development Control (DC) rules would be amended, for which, suggestions and objections have been invited.

After this, hurdles in the rehabilitation of Dharavi slum, airport re-development projects would be removed, Chavan expressed a hope.

The Chief Minister said that even though slums, up to January 1, 1995, have been regularised, the original inhabitants had moved out and transferred their slums to somebody else.

"This was creating problems to expedite implementation of several development projects, because original slumdwellers in their pre-1995 houses were only up to 35 per cent,"he said.

The government will formulate terms and conditions on how the current resident of the slum could prove with a documentary evidence that he had purchased the house from a slum dweller living before 1995.

Similarly, the protected structure can be transferred in the current owner's name, so that, he can avail the benefits of the SRA scheme.

Thirty-five per cent of the state's population lives in slums, Chavan said adding that even though a city's infrastructure is overburdened, there has been a constant demand for rehabilitation of slum dwellers.


First Published: Monday, January 02, 2012, 23:17

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