KOLHAPUR: The civic body has drafted an ambitious plan to make the city free from slums by 2022. The civic body has proposed to rehabilitate 19,000 families at a cost of around Rs 1,500 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The draft plan will be tabled before the general body meeting of the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Thursday and if approved, the civic body will be the first urban local body in the state to submit the plan.
The KMC has scrutinised over 20,000 applications and the beneficiaries selected will get the shelter facility as per various modes suggested by PMAY. The PMAY has suggested four modes such as in-situ rehabilitation of the slum dwellers, developing residential facilities through the involvement of private investments, offering credit linked subsidy for affordable housing scheme and individual house construction.
Prasad Sankpal, programme co-ordinator for PMAY, said, “The government has decided to give grants ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh and low interest loan up to Rs 6 lakh for developing the housing facilities under various categories. The beneficiary can avail any one mode. For economically weaker sections, the size of the house will be 30 sq m.” The surveys conducted by the KMC over the past one year have revealed that there are 64 slums in the city. The slums are broadly categorised as per the land on which they are located. Most of the slums are located on the land stretches under the civic jurisdiction. In recent years, the slums have come up on private land too.
Residents of around 30 slums will be given in-situ rehabilitation, which means that the dwellers will be given housing units on the same space on which they live right now. Around 12,160 dwellers will be rehabilitated through the slum re-development plan. “The state government has to share the same amount as given by the Union government for every dwelling unit. Also, the dwellers have to contribute towards the construction. The buildings with maximum floor space index (FSI) of 2.5 will be constructed as per the requirement,” said Sankpal.
Since the emphasis is on vertical development, the burden on existing infrastructure will be less. Slum dwellers residing after 2000 will have to opt for affordable housing instead of in-situ rehabilitation of the government, said Sankpal. Earlier, the areas where slums are notified had FSI of 1, which means on a plot of 100 square metre, the construction beyond 100 square metre cannot be made. Now, as the FSI limits have been increased, construction of 2.5 times the plot size can be done thus accommodating more dwelling units.
The Environmental Status Report of 2013-14 shows that one-sixth of the city’s population was residing in slums. The slums were spread over 78 hectares. The Union government has emphasised executing of the housing projects through public-private partnership basis, which couldn’t be undertaken if the FSI is 1 as the private investors are left with less space for commercial exploitation and unable to recover the amount invested in providing housing units.
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