In a move that is likely to bring relief to over 7,000 families in the capital, the government Monday approved resettlement of 43 jhuggi clusters. Drawing from past experience, the government has tweaked rules to make the shift convenient for residents and will provide accommodation within 5 km of their existing place of stay. The government will also carve out a maintenance fund for the upkeep of the resettlement colonies.
“The decision was made after studying previous instances of resettlement of jhuggis, where the dwellers are reluctant to move out because the resettlement colonies are so far away from their existing place of stay that their daily lives are affected. They resent moving because their children’s schools and their place of work is distant from the new houses. There have been previous instances where the resettlement colonies were as far as 18 km from the existing jhuggis and, therefore, the residents refused to move out,” said a senior government official. “By ensuring that the new houses will be within a radius of 5 km, the dwellers will continue to live in a familiar location,” he added.
“Jhuggi dwellers also find it difficult to spend more money as compared to their usual expenses on maintaining a new house. So the government has decided that for the first five years, it will fund the maintenance expenses. Thereafter, it will hand over the maintenance to the local resident welfare associations,” the official added.