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Friday , June 13 , 2014
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Urban slum hits revamp route

A Baradwari locality is set to be the first milestone in Jamshedpur’s journey towards becoming a slum-free city.

Nearly 40,000 urban poor residing in Navjeevan Ashram in Devnagar will benefit of Centre’s flagship scheme Rajiv Awas Yojana by the end of this year. Based on a detailed project report submitted by the state government, the Union ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation sanctioned Rs 10.18 crore earlier this month for setting up 388 dwellings for residents of the urban slum.

The remaining expenditure in completing the project, which is estimated to cost Rs 25.19 crore, will be borne by the state government and the beneficiaries.

Chief specialist of the housing scheme in state urban development department Rajan Kumar visited the steel city for physical verification of urban slums on Wednesday. Assistant director of the urban development department Shailesh Priyadarshi accompanied him.

Kumar said the state government would start the tender process for the project within a month of receiving the funds from the Centre.

“It would be a global tender. After completion of the tender process, we will start work on the site. The construction of dwelling units is expected to be completed by the end of this year,” said Kumar.

Shailesh Priyadarshi said the housing project would comprise G+2 and G+3 accommodation with proper roads, streetlights, school, recreational facilities and community centres. “There are no hitches in the way of the project’s completion. Tata Steel has given clearance for the land and the dwellers have agreed to relocate,” he added.

The officials also visited urban slums in Burmamines, Jugsalai and Adityapur that can be receive a facelift under the housing scheme.

“There are 156 urban slums in Jamshedpur Urban Agglomeration. We would submit reports on the living conditions in these urban slums to the state urban development. The department would then draft a proposal for inclusion of these urban slums under Rajiv Awas Yojana and submit it for approval to the Union government,” said Kumar.

Jamshedpur Urban Agglomeration’s nodal officer and special officer of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee Dipak Sahay accompanied the duo on the recce exercise.

The 156 slums under Jamshedpur Urban Agglomeration house nearly 5 lakh people.