By accommodation Times News Services
A new legislation is draft and been proposed in cabinet to regularize slums that are built by the year 2000 in Mumbai city. The Congress led Democratic Front seeks to extent the cut-off deadline for rehabilitation from January 1, 1995, to January 1, 2000. The approval for the extension of slum cut-off is still pending in Supreme Court, government is planning new legislation to the effect.
During the cabinet meeting held on 18th January, the draft was introduced for approval, a discussion aws held in the meeting where, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has shown his will in approving the new legislation, but first consent of apex court is required. The final decision will be taken on 23rd January, Sunday by the cabinet.
The draft is been pending since long time which was promised by Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, to regularize the slums and provide housing to the people.
Congress MPs and MLAs have met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan during the weekend and demanded that party’s interests in Mumbai have to be safeguarded at any cost. They also lamented over the delay in fulfilling the election promise.
The state officials said if the cut-off deadline is extended then over 3 lakh additional slum households we be eligible for free rehabilitation. As per the 1 January, 1995 cut-off around 10.5lakh slum households in the city are eligible for the free rehabilitation. As per the statistics of 2011 census, there are total 27 lakh slum households in the city.