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State to make slum-dwellers pay for housing

Concerned at the loss the state exchequer may suffer allocating free houses till 2000,the Maharashtra government is considering a policy to recover cost of housing from slum-dwellers.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai |
October 11, 2012 2:12:43 am

Concerned at the loss the state exchequer may suffer allocating free houses till 2000,the Maharashtra government is considering a policy to recover cost of housing from slum-dwellers.

“We took an unfortunate decision (in January) to give free houses to slum-dwellers (up to 2000). It has become difficult to implement the plan. We are planning a policy that will make slum-dwellers pay for it (the housing),” CM Prithviraj Chavan said at an event here on Tuesday.

The policy will be similar to the one for mill workers,who were provided affordable housing on a no-profit-no-loss basis.

Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) allotted low-cost houses to 6,925 mill workers in June at a subsidised price of Rs 4.81 lakh to Rs 9.35 lakh.

“There are nearly 14.6 lakh slum-dwellers in Mumbai. If we take the case of (slums in) Bandra-Kurla Complex (area),the cost of each slum is around Rs 1 crore. It is this kind of value of the area and it is unfortunate we took a decision to provide free houses to them,” CM said.

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