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In a first in Punjab, slum dwellers shifted to BSUP flats at Giaspura

MC arranged vehicles to shift the slum dwellers to new flats at Giaspura under JNNURM and 55 families were shifted.

Written by Goyal Divya | Ludhiana |
December 5, 2014 12:25:14 pm
A family searches for their belongings amidst debris of the demolished slum at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh) A family searches for their belongings amidst debris of the demolished slum at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation became the first civic body in Punjab to successfully rehabilitate slum dwellers of Labour Colony and slums were razed on the encroached MC land on Thursday.

MC also arranged for the vehicles to shift the slum dwellers to newly built flats at Giaspura under JNNURM (Jawahar Lal Nehru National Renewal Urban Mission) and 55 families were shifted.

The vacated land will now be developed as a nursery as originally it was a green belt with MC owning the land, said additional commissioner Ghanshyam Thori. A total of 2,400 flats have been built in Giaspura under the project BSUP, Basic Services for Urban Poor. MC had also arranged several camps where banks were invited to provide loans to slum dwellers for paying 10% of their share.

On Thursday, a camp was also organised at flats site in Giaspura where shifted families applied for electricity meters. “We wanted a single window facility for slum dwellers as they are illiterate and cannot deal with bankers and power department on their own. So this camp was held to apply for meters,” said Thori.

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In Labour colony, where 103 beneficiary families were recognised, 55 of them were given loans to pay Rs 10,000 share for getting the flat.
As many as 26 families shifted on their own and rest 13 refused to avail the flat, said MC data.

Seven camps were organised by banks to provide loans to the families in September and October. Another 303 beneficiaries have been screened from Jamuna Colony and they too will be shifted soon to flats, said Thori.

“We are planning razing of Jamuna Colony this month only as flats are ready for usage,” said Thori. In all there are 4,800 flats at three sites, Giaspura, Mundian and Dhandari. The work is still pending at Mundian and Dhandari sites. Camps are yet to be organised for 518 beneficiaries of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar slums to avail loans.

Peaceful rehabilitation

The shifting process on Thursday was completely peaceful as slum dwellers themselves helped MC officials in razing slums and even those families who did not get flats were dropped by the MC vehicles at their wish. Trolley vans were deployed throughout the day near Deepak Hospital to drop slum dwellers.

Thori added that ‘although flats are being constructed in other cities too, Ludhiana has become first city in Punjab to handover keys to 55 families.’

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