By Accommodation Times News Service
Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has given a good thought of implementing scheme for assisting States/Union Territories to take up housing and other related civic amenities’ projects for welfare of Urban Poor/Slum dwellers including those from Minority communities in identified cities/towns in their respective States/Union Territories.
These schemes would be under Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) components of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) launched in December 2005 with cluster based approach for a period of 7 years upto March, 2012 (now extended till March 2014 for completion of ongoing sanctioned projects).
The Pilot Phase of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) launched on 2.6.2011 with a ‘whole- city’ approach for planning and ‘whole-slum’ approach for execution of projects. RAY implementation phase is under consideration and RAY envisage intervention for “whole slum” and states/cities are required to give priority to slums for redevelopment with SC/ST/minority population.. This was stated by Dr. (Ms.) Girija Vyas, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.