September 28, 2011 3:45:46 am
The Union Ministry of Shipping has reportedly expressed willingness to give up some of its land in Mumbai currently occupied by slums for their rehousing under the Rajiv Awas Yojana. This means shanty colonies on Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land,including some considered a security hazard as they are located close to jetties,could finally be rehabilitated.
Joint Secretary (Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation,Government of India) Aruna Sundararajan told Newsline that the shipping ministry has agreed to participate in the project,but will expect to be compensated for the land it gives up. She added that the 50 per cent Central assistance for projects under RAY could be channelised to meet this demand.
Of MbPTs 700-odd hectare in Mumbai,over 25 hectare is encroached by slums.
Government officials at the conclave said while in-situ rehabilitation will be the most preferred option,it may not be feasible in all cases. Principal Secretary for Housing Gautam Chatterjee cited the example of Indian Navy-owned land,which is encroached and will be in all likelihood ruled out for in-situ rehousing. In the case of the Indian Railways,too,shanties alongside the tracks cant be rehabilitated in-situ.
He also called for a survey of the land owned by the Centre in Mumbai to gauge the extent of the problem. A survey is necessary to get an accurate idea of how much Centre land in Mumbai is encroached. Also,a tenability analysis of this land will help us understand how much in-situ rehabilitation is possible and where it will not be possible either for security reasons or otherwise.
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