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Urban funds for slum makeover

Jamshedpur, July 27: It is a Rs 15.01-crore promise of better life for some 6,000 underprivileged denizens of the steel city.

The Union urban development ministry today sanctioned the funds for development of four slums under the Adityapur Municipal Council and one under Jugsalai Municipality. Civic officials said the money had been sanctioned under the basic services for urban poor (BSUP) scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Altogether, 42 slums under four civic bodies in the city and its adjoining areas would be covered. Special officer of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) J.P. Yadav said JNNURM funds for the remaining 37 slums would be sanctioned in phases.

The four slums that fall under the jurisdiction of Adityapur Municipal Council are Bargidih, Bandi, Krishnapur and Uttamdih. In the Jugsalai civic area, Garib Nawaj Colony has been earmarked for development.

The JNAC, which is the nodal agency, co-ordinated with the state-level JNNURM steering committee to send a proposal to the Centre earlier this year. It will also monitor the progress of the project. “The sanctioned funds will reach JNAC shortly via the state urban development department. We will then float a tender for construction work, which has to be completed within the stipulated period,” Yadav told The Telegraph.

Elaborating on rebuilding urban slums under the BSUP scheme, he said poor people living in small, dank rooms would be provided concrete houses with basic amenities. “Their G+2 apartments will boast a park, a walkway and a playground in the vicinity,” Yadav said, adding that transforming of the slums into residential colonies would be done in phases.

Civic officials said reforms under the BSUP scheme would ensure access to basic municipal services such as water supply, toilets, power, roads and solid waste management. The five slums for which the funds have been sanctioned currently lack uninterrupted water and electricity supply. There is no proper sewerage either.

“The project is ambitious. It is aimed at providing improved housing at an affordable price. The idea is to create a slum-free city. The scheme will also ensure delivery of social services such education, health and social security to the poor,” an official of Jugsalai Municipality said.

The JNAC special officer said more funds were expected for other projects. Detailed project reports (DPRs) have been sent for a solid waste management system worth Rs 45 crore, a water supply scheme and a sewage treatment plant.

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