PMC pro­poses homes for slum dwellers un­der Cen­tre scheme

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: Pan­vel will soon be free of slums and shanties.

The Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives have pre­pared a plan un­der the Ra­jiv Awas Yo­jana. They will sub­mit the plan to the state gov­ern­ment.

Even as City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) is re­port­edly yet to al­lot land for the project, the PMC has sur­veyed the ar­eas and pro­posed hous­ing for slum dwellers un­der the Ra­jiv Awas Yo­jana to the gov­ern­ment.

“Our sur­vey un­der Ra­jiv Awas scheme has been com­pleted. A pro­posal has been pre­pared con­sid­er­ing all re­quired as­pects,” said Mangesh Chi­tale, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of PMC. “Soon we will send the pro­posal to the gov­ern­ment. We will wel­come a de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment the slum re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion scheme in Pan­vel.”

The ris­ing num­ber of slums in the city has been a hur­dle for de­vel­op­ment works in the PMC and Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion ar­eas.

Slums in Panchsheel Na­gar, Mald­hakka and Nav­nath­na­gar are pos­ing prob­lems for the ex­pan­sion of Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion. The Pan­vel bus de­pot is also fac­ing prob­lems from slums of Laxmi Colony, Indi­rana­gar and Shivaji Na­gar.

Work on el­e­vated road too is pend­ing. The work on Pan­chayat Samiti is also pro­gress­ing at a slow pace.

For­mer PMC pres­i­dent JM Mha­tre had, dur­ing his ten­ure, had ini­ti­ated the slum-free Pan­vel con­cept. He had pro­posed re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of slum dwellers on the plot be­hind the Pan­vel court. How­ever, the pro­posal was not im­ple­mented owing to flood threat in the area.

Later, a bio­met­ric sur­vey of slum dwellers was car­ried out for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pur­pose. PMC then de­cided on an in­te­grated slum re­de­vel­op­ment hous­ing scheme. How­ever, Cidco has not al­lot­ted any plot for the same.

“To make sure the de­vel­op­ment projects are im­ple­mented, a re­solve was made for a slum­free Pan­vel but Cidco has not al­lot­ted plots yet,” said Bharat Jad­hav, pres­i­dent of Jhopad­patti Rahivasi Sangh.

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