PMC proposes homes for slum dwellers under Centre scheme
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.