By Accommodation Times News Service
Standing committee chairman Ramesh Shingare said in a press conference that a resolution was passed seeking revision in regularization of shanties and slums
On one hand Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning Smart City and Housing for All projects, while on the other it is seeking to regularize shanties established up to 2005, which will adversely affect the two ambitious projects set to be launched in the coming days.
Standing committee chairman Ramesh Shingare said in a press conference that a resolution was passed seeking revision in regularization of shanties and slums. “Shanties and slums established up to 2000 are supposed to be regularized as per existing policy. It should be revised to 2005. The resolution will be submitted to the general body and then the state government for implementation,” he said.
Housing projects like BSUP and SRA had failed miserably due to the government’s move to issue land ownership rights to slum-dwellers. On the same lines, the central government had planned Housing for All projects, which will be affected if all slum-dwellers till 2005 get ownership rights.
It will also affect Smart City project, which aims to redevelop selected slums along with keeping the city clean and green and ensuring basic amenities in all parts.
In the meeting, standing committee also approved final annual accounting for 2014-15 fiscal presented by chief accounts and finance officer Madan Gadge. NMC’s actual revenue was Rs1, 064.89crore including surplus of Rs11.2crore. Due to cash-strapped conditions, NMC went on to withdraw Rs128crore kept as reserved funds in heads like water and sewage fund, city development fund etc. Thus, the civic body spent Rs1, 197crore, which was Rs132.11crore more than revenue.
Shockingly, NMC spent Rs50crore earmarked for water and sewage works on other projects or establishment cost. With all the city’s rivers and lakes polluted, the decision to transfer funds from sewage account raises a big question.
“Revenue in current fiscal’s half way mark in September-end was around Rs475crore. It is again less but expected to increase in remaining months,” Shingare said.