EO sets 15-day deadline for 3 colonies to be razed
In a bid to clear the city of slum areas, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Thursday directed concerned officials to intensify their efforts in order to relocate the residents of 18 existing slum colonies to flats constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme under the JNNURM.
To review the progress on this front, Patil called a meeting of the officials regarding the status of the slum rehab scheme and directed the concerned officials that the project should be completed within the stipulated time period without any further delays.
Getting its act together, the UT Estate Office — which is entrusted with the responsibility of surveying the existing slum dwellers colonies and identifying the residents as per the criteria laid down for rehabilitation in the new flats — pasted notices in three colonies: Mazdoor Colony, Kuldeep Colony and Pandit Colony in Sector 52 giving a fortnight's deadline for the residents to vacate the area. According to officials, after the deadline ends, the UT Estate Office will take possession of the land on which the three colonies exist.
Officials said that while eligible residents in these three colonies have already been shifted to the new flats, there were still 71 residents who have been allotted the flats but are yet to move out.
It was in 2006 that the UT Administration had decided to rehabilitate all the existing slum dwellers of 18 colonies at eight locations in the city. Two proposals were approved by the Centre under JNNURM for construction of 25,728 small flats at eight locations in Chandigarh. Under Phase-1 6,368 flats would be constructed and 19,360 flats under Phase-2, at a total cost of Rs 564.93 crore.
Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) constructed 12,736 flats at five locations: Sector 49, Sector 38(W), Ram Darbar, Dhanas and Mauli Jagran - II. Out of these 2,720 flats have already been handed over to the beneficiaries. Remaining 10,016 small flats at Dhanas and Mauli Jagran-II are awaiting completion of a sewerage treatment plant, load distribution system and peripheral trunk services and are expected to be completed by March 31, 2013 in Dhanas and April 30, 2013 in Mauli Jagran-II.
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