Slum rehab: Guj relies on Centre

The state government will largely rely on central government’s Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) for its new policy on slum redevelopment to be announced soon,a senior urban development department official said.

Written by Hiral Dave | Gandhinagar | Published: July 17, 2013 4:03 am

The state government will largely rely on central government’s Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) for its new policy on slum redevelopment to be announced soon,a senior urban development department official said.

Under the new policy,the state government aims to construct 7 lakh units for slum-dwellers. RAY offers 50 per cent financial assistance to the state government for slum redevelopment.

The state government’s existing policy,Regulations for Rehabilitation and Redevelopment of Slums 2010,failed primarily because of poor response from the private sector. The new policy proposes to involve local bodies in redevelopment projects in case private builders do not join in .

After RAY was announced in 2011,the Gujarat government had decided to go for pilot projects in two cities,Ahmedabad and Rajkot. Now,RAY has been extended to Vadodara and Jamnagar too. While Gujarat has submitted proposals for these four cities to the Centre for approval,it is in the process of finalising proposals for Surat,Bhavnagar and Bharuch also.

In Ahmedabad,the urban development department has chosen two sites where a total of 1,087 units are proposed to be built at a cost of Rs 39.27 crore. In Vadodara,it has planned a rental housing pilot project for migrants. Under this,493 units are proposed to be built at a cost of Rs 20.19 crore. Jamnagar,which has petrochemical refineries,will have second highest number of units (985),to be built at a cost of Rs 57.83 crore.

“For houses for economically weaker section and lower income group,we will seek enhanced central assistance,” said the official. The new slum rehabilitation policy is likely to be one of the four policies for urban housing that state government may announce after cabinet meet on Wednesday.

The 7 lakh units in place of slums to be built are part of a total 22 lakh units the state government plans to construct in urban areas over the next five years.

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