Rangpo (Sikkim): The Centre has set a goal to
make the urban India slum-free by 2012 by providing shelter
and other amenities to all urban poor people across the
country, the Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty
alleviation Kumari Selja said on Saturday.
The provision for ‘Makaan’ (houses) to the urban poor
living in the towns and cities featured among the top
priorities of the UPA government and her ministry has embarked
upon the task to provide affordable housing and basic
amenities to this section under the programme JNNURM, Selja
said, after laying the foundation stone for a housing project
under the flagship programme at Rangpo.
While a total of 15 lakh houses will be constructed for
the urban poor by the JNNURM by 2012, another 10 lakh houses
will be constructed under another scheme called Affordable
Housing in partnership with various public and private
partners for the benefit of the poor section, Selja said.
The Centre has sanctioned more than 2500 projects across
the country under JNNURM with an estimated cost of about Rs.
100,000 crores under all various components of the Central
flagship programme, the Union Minister said.
The Centre has committed assistance of about Rs 53,000
crore to states and Union Territories towards the sanctioned
projects, Selja said, adding her ministry alone has sanctioned
projects for housing and basic amenities to the urban poor,
including slum-dwellers, worth Rs 33,860 crore with a
provision for additional assistance of about Rs 18,500 crore.
The housing projects will cover as many as 65 cities and
towns throughout the country for the benefit of the urban poor
people, she said.
The houses under JNNURM will be given to beneficiaries in
the name of the wife or husband and wife jointly and with
provision of basic services such as water, sanitation, social
security, education and health care, she said, adding housing
security will enable the poor people in the urban areas to
lead a life of quality and dignity at par with others.
Referring to Sikkim, the Union Minister said that her
ministry has sanctioned three projects for the border state
with the total project cost of Rs 33.58 crore covering 254
houses for the poor under the Basic Services for Urban Poors