More than 10,000 one-room tenements constructed for the economically weaker sections under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are suffering due to a total lack of maintenance.
While the flats were constructed almost a year back,these could not be allotted to the beneficiaries due to the infrastructure of the flats not having been completed. Due to these flats remaining vacant,a number of problems persist.
The glass panes on the windows at many flats are broken. Overgrown grass has covered the grounds. There is moss in front of the houses on the ground floor. The rains seem to have worsened the conditions. There have been instances in the past when pipes that had been installed in the tenements in some areas were stolen with no one being around.
While the flats were constructed,the related infrastructure was not developed. For around 10016 flats Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) and related systems are being laid. These are present in Mauli Jagran and Dhanas. The construction of roads linking the flats to the main roads is also yet to be completed.
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal directed the officials on Sunday to ensure that the flats are allotted at the earliest. He said that if these tenements remain locked for a long time then the conditions would deteriorate. Officials,meanwhile state that construction of the STP would take some time. Roads also need to be laid.
Provisions are also being made in the Master Plan to construct schools,dispensaries and community centres near the houses constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme. While approval for the construction of the STP was received last year from the Centre,it is yet to be completed.
A total of 25,728 one room tenements are to be constructed with funds from JNNURM. Of these,12,736 have been completed,while the remaining are yet to be constructed. The remaining tenements will be two-room sets for which a revised estimate has been approved.