Urban Poor in Maharashtra

The Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that 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), basic amenities are provided to the urban poor/slum dwellers as per allocation of funds to the States/Union Territories by the Planning Commission.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, the State of Maharashtra has no balance Additional Central Assistance (ACA) under BSUP and IHSDP. Against the ACA allocation of Rs. 4503.16 Crore (Rs. 3372.56 crore under BSUP and Rs. 1130.60 crore under IHSDP), Rs. 4462.59 crore (Rs. 3234.10 crore under BSUP and Rs. 1228.49 crore under IHSDP) have been committed. Balance ACA allocation of Rs. 40.57 crore has been kept for Capacity building and other Administrative and Other expenses. Since no ACA balance is left for the State of Maharashtra under BSUP and IHSDP, no new project proposals can be approved.

She said, the Government has also announced the launching of a new scheme called Rajiv Awas Yojana for slum dwellers and the urban poor envisioning a Slum-free India. Rajiv Awas Yojana would extend support to States that are willing to assign property rights to people living in slum areas. ACA of Rs. 9.45 crore has been released for preparatory activities of RAY to the State of Maharashtra under Slum free City Planning Scheme of RAY. After the approval of scheme by Government, States would need to submit the project proposals as per guidelines.

The Minister said, requests for inclusion under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) have been received from a number of cities including Warangal, Karamsad, Gandhinagar, Hubli-Dharward, Gulbarga, Belgaum, Gaya, Biharshariff, Pawapur, Nalanda, Rajgir, Sultanpur-Lodhi, Kurukshetra-Pehowa, Gurgaon, Aurangabad, Vrindavan, Kurnool, Jodhpur, Gwalior, Guntur, Panipat, Bellary, Calicut, Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Kurseong, Deoghar, Sambalpur, Dhule, Malegaon, Kolhapur, Port Blair, Kaithal, Siliguri, Haldia, Amravati, Solapur and all cities of Bihar with population above 2 lakh. Currently the Government is not considering any extension of BSUP to other cities. The scheme of Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) has not identified any specific cities for inclusion. It is upto the State Governments to choose cities for coverage under IHSDP subject to the limits of their allocation by the Planning Commission.





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