'Mysore to be slum free in 5 yrs'

'Mysore to be slum free in 5 yrs'

The Karnataka Slum Development Board (KSDB) has ambitious plans to rehabilitate slum dwellers under the Centre’s Rajiv Awas Yojane (RAY), in a bid to position itself as a State with slum free cities in the next five years.

In the first phase, 10 cities having a population of three lakh and above have been identified. They are Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad, Gulbarga, Belgaum, Davangere, Mangalore, Bellary, Shimoga and Tumkur. However, works will be taken up on pilot at Bangalore, Tumkur, Hubli-Dharwad and Gulbarga with a target to construct 5,549 houses at the estimated cost of Rs 312 crore in the first phase, said Sannachikkathaiah, technical director of the Board.

Of the total project cost, Central share will be 50 pc, State’s - 40 pc, while the beneficiary contribution will be 10 per cent. The houses will be built on a carpet area of 300 square feet, with a hall (125 square feet), bedroom (95 square feet, kitchen (40), bathroom (25) and toilet (12), with other basic amenities like drinking water, UGD, road and drains, street lights, community hall, market etc.

The work will be taken up in two stages. In the first stage, under slum free city plan of action  (SFCPOA), total number of slums will be identified, including declared and undeclared, preferences, relocation, whole city approach while holding meeting of stake holders. In the second stage, action plans will be prepared and dispute free slums will be identified, surveys of beneficiaries will be conducted.

Needy occupants to be considered

Mysore: In an attempt to rein in erring slum dwellers, who despite being rehabilitated to Slum Board constructed dwellings have let out the properties to others, the State government has ordered for allotting the houses to the occupants, if they fulfil the required criteria.

Informing this during the meeting, Kapanigowda, executive engineer of KSDB said that according to the order, the basic amount of the allottee will be confiscated and the occupants will be considered, if they don’t have any other housing facilities.

Taking cognisance of the same, deputy commissioner Ramegowda instructed the departments concerned to prepare the list of illegal occupants in the houses constructed for slum dwellers.

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