600 flats handed over under slum rehabilitation scheme
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Keys to 600 flats were given to the beneficiaries under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme at a function held today in Sector 52. The beneficiaries, located in the prefabricated shelters that were allotted to them as transit accommodation in Sector 52, have now been allotted flats in Sector 38.
The flats are being constructed by the Chandigarh Housing Board. The keys were handed over to the beneficiaries by Union Ministers Kumari Selja and Pawan Kumar Bansal.
When the previous batch of tenements were allotted, Kumari Selja had pointed out that instead of giving one room tenements, the beneficiaries should be given two room tenaments to take care of the growing needs of the families.
Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board, Satya Gopal, stated that the board has completed 12,736 of the proposed 25,728 flats and the remaining 12,992 will have a provision of two rooms. The proposal for these has been approved by the Ministry of Home and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Revised estimates of Rs 1021.47 crore has been approved by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee.
Two room flats would now be constructed in Mauli Jagran and Maloya. UT Adviser K K Sharma while addressing the gathering said that the land for construction of flats has been earmarked despite constrains of land in the city. He added that provisions have been made in the Master Plan to have proper connectivity of the flats being constructed under the rehabilitation scheme with the main roads. Provision of schools, dispensaries, etc were being provided.
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Bansal pointed out that when the scheme was launched in the country there were 2.5 crore people in slums. The number was now 1 crore. Selja, meanwhile, said that Chandigarh has seen a lot of migrants and this is likely to continue in the future as well.
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