Tata pat for slum land rights

Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata and British architect Norman Robert Foster on Sunday hailed the government's decision to accord land rights to slum-dwellers.

By Subhashish Mohanty in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 7.05.18
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Robert Foster. Telegraph picture

Bhubaneswar: Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata and British architect Norman Robert Foster on Sunday hailed the government's decision to accord land rights to slum-dwellers.

Both will attend the state-level land rights distribution ceremony to slum-dwellers and the launch of Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission at Chhattrapur in Ganjam district on Monday. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik will distribute land pattas among slum-dwellers at the event.

In March, the government had signed an MoU with Tata Trusts to conduct field survey to accord land rights to identified slum-dwellers and help redevelop, rehabilitate and upgrade slums. The survey report will provide technical inputs for settlement of land rights in urban areas. The Tata Trusts will involve the slum-dweller community while deciding the settlement of land in favour of them.

As a first step towards the direction, the state government has identified nearly 2.5 lakh slum-dwellers with the help of the Tata Trusts. On Monday, Naveen will distribute land rights among some 2,000 slum-dwellers.

Hailing the decision of the state, Tata said: "We all appreciate the chief minister in this regard. It need the guts to accord legislation rights to the slum-dwellers."

Tata said: "We believe this project is different from others as that it gives ownership to the land legally to the incumbent. It is not just giving land, but giving land with amenities. (It is about) converting slums into communities and facilitate them to live as we do. We hope Odisha will lead the way for others to follow."

Foster said: "Giving land rights encourages permanent settlements. This is an incredible initiative by the Odisha government."