February 9, 2009 2:10:58 am
The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has removed two slums Pratap Nagar and Harijan Basti from the list of slums identified for giving land rights to slum dwellers under the Sarvajan Hitay Garib Avaas Malikana Haq Yojna.
The scheme was announced by Chief Minister Mayawati on her 53rd birthday on January 15.
Both these slums were removed from the list on Sunday,as the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) and LDA had launched housing schemes on the land where these slums had come up.
The LDA has already conducted the plotting of the land in Harijan Basti and a few allotments have also been done, said SN Tripathi,LDA nodal officer for the scheme. Similarly,the LMC also owns the land in Pratap Nagar where it had started a housing scheme a few years ago. So both slums have been removed from the list.
The status of these slums came to light when the LDA cross-checked the revenue records. So far,the LDA has removed 36 slums from the list for similar reasons.
Now land ownership rights will be given to eligible people in only 23 slums in the state capital.
The LDA has already taken money for giving the lease of the land to over 160 slum dwellers of Pratap Nagar and Harijan Basti. Their money will be refunded after February 10, Tripathi said.
Under the scheme,the state government has decided to give slum dwellers ownership rights of land on the slums which have come up on undisputed state government land at a nominal rate of Rs 20 per square metre. Only those slum-dwellers are entitled to reap the benefit who occupy a maximum of 33 square metres.
The LDA has identified 2,228 eligible families. They will also be issued photo-identity cards,which will be prepared from Monday and the distribution will begin the same day too.
According to an official,the process to prepare lease papers of the beneficiaries has already begun. Along with lease papers and photo-identity cards,photocopies of application forms,pay-receipt and lease plan of the land will also be provided to the slum dwellers, he said.
Meshram serves notice to chief engineer
Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) Vice-Chairman Mukesh Kumar Meshram has served a notice to Chief Engineer SN Tripathi,seeking explanation on delay in completion of a drain being constructed from Nehru Enclave to Fun Republic in Gomti Nagar. It was served after Nehru Enclave residents lodged a complaint with the V-C that the delay has been causing inconvenience to commuters for over two years. In the notice,Meshram has sought details of the contractor and junior engineers engaged in the construction. An engineer said: This drain is being constructed near Nehru Enclave at the cost of Rs 1.70 crore. Almost 50 per cent construction is complete,while the rest is pending because a few electricity poles stand on the land to be dug. The electricity department has been notified about the requirement and work will be completed only when these poles are shifted,he added.
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