The Chandigarh Housing Board has set December deadline for the slum rehabilitation scheme in Maloya and decided to get it inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Under the scheme, the housing board will built 4,960 two-room flats, the construction for which started in June 2014.
Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chairman Maninder Singh said the chief executive officer has been directed to visit the construction site twice every week to take stock of the progress and take appropriate actions wherever required.
Maninder said the work at the site is almost complete. “The work of laying the sewer line is in progress and is expected to complete soon. Besides, finishing work of flats in also in progress,” he said.
The chairman said they will approach the Prime Minister’s Office for the dates when the PM will be available to inaugurate the scheme.
The issue will be discussed in the board meeting scheduled to be held on August 12. This will be Modi’s fourth visit to the city after becoming Prime Minister in 2014. He last visited Chandigarh on June 21 for the International Yoga Day.
A total of 18 colonies have been identified by the administration, whose inhabitants are to be rehabilitated in flats constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The rehabilitation scheme is being executed by the CHB and till date, 12,736 tenements have been constructed and handed over against 23,974 identified slum dwellers on the basis of a biometric survey done in 2006. The rest of the slum dwellers will be rehabilitated in various other schemes across the city.
The CHB is constructing around 25,000 flats in eight different parts of the city such as Sector 49, Sector 38 (West), Ramdarbar, Maloya, Mauli Jagran, and Dhanas.
The CHB and estate office will conduct a demand survey to ascertain the requirement for housing in EWS and LIG category under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. On the basis of the demand survey and other available data, the administration will prepare housing for all plan of action (HFAPoA).
The administration will also conduct a fresh biometric survey of slum dwellers, who were found ineligible or left out for rehabilitation during the survey conducted in 2006. In the last two years, the estate office got more than 200 acres of land free from encroachers. It has managed to raze Colony Number 5, Mazdoor Colony, Kuldeep Colony, Pandit Colony, Nehru Colony, Ambedkar Colony, Kajheri Colony and Madrasi Colony.