Urban India to be slum free by 2012, says Selja
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 05, 2009, 23:43
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 (BSUP).


First Published: Saturday, December 05, 2009, 23:43

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