PUNE: The state government may have resolved to extend the benefit of slum regularization to more number of colonies in the city, but the BJP government at the Centre does not want to be left behind as it readies to launch a survey of unauthorized colonies and initiate steps to regularize them.
A senior state official said the Centre has launched such an initiative in New Delhi. Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu has discussed a plan to regularize slums with the Delhi Development Authority.
"The BJP, in all probability, would bring this plan to the state as some party MPs have already put up the demand to the state and the Centre. The Union government is likely to accept the demand and direct the state to launch a similar initiative," said the state official.
The state has already resolved to extend the slum regularization cut-off date from January 1, 1995 to January 1, 2000. The government resolution means that once recognised, the slums get legal status and are entitled to redevelopment under the slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) norms.
However, if the BJP government decides to recognize unauthorized housing accommodations, approximately 25% slum population of Pune, which lives in areas not notified, will benefit from the plan. The population density in such areas is 2,399 people per hectare which is excessively high. As per the PMC, many slum-dwellers have encroached upon environmentally-sensitive and disaster-prone areas.
Experts have repeatedly stressed on a self-reliant, self-respecting and responsible citizenry by promoting joint slum rehabilitation projects managed by slum-dwellers themselves and facilitated by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) by providing government guarantee to secure required loans for the project.