By Accommodation Times News Service
Thane civic commissioner has assured allotment of 7,000 new homes for the slum dwellers. This is the biggest slum free program under new scheme Basic Service for Urban Poor (BSUP). The municipal corporation has distributed keys of BSUP homes to 74 people of Siddharth Nagar in Kopri. The BSUP scheme was implemented in 2011, as more inclusive because it merged more affordable housing with social amenities and essential services to upgrade conditions of slums dwellers. According to 2011 census there are 252 slums catering to housing needs of 9.8lakh slum dwellers which is around 35% of the population.
Civic commissioner Aseem Gupta said, they will allot 90% of the homes by June 2015 and the remaining by the end of next year. Under the scheme the TMC proposed to build 9,426 dwellers units at an estimate of Rs 372 crore. While 50% of the cost will be funded by the central government Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal mission (JNNURM) 30% will be borne by the state and 9% by the TMC, the remaining 11% will be paid by those benefitting from the project. A 269 sq ft house costs around Rs 5 lakh. Adding further he said, we will allot 7,000 homes for urban poor under the BSUP scheme by the end of 2015. At present we have already allotted 1,800 homes while 2,000 more are ready waiting for verification of the beneficiaries. Stating the problem with the SRA scheme he said the scheme lacked the havoc created by providing the transit camps and rehabilitate people but this BSUP scheme we do not need these camps and the projects can be finished as early as possible.
The BSUP projects are at presents undertaken at Kausa, Siddharth Nagar and MMRDA zone. The corporations also plans to initiate them at Padle village and two at Anandnagar.