Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation
BHUBANESWAR: The state government will provide Rs 2,000 compensation a month to slum dwellers, who will be evicted to make way for houses to be constructed under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY). These houses will be handed over to them.
According to norms, evicted slum-dwellers should be housed in temporary shelters till permanent houses are constructed. But the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has constructed only 3,000 shelters instead of the required 10,000. The displaced persons will get the monetary benefit for a year, an official source said, adding that it will be stopped if the shelters are ready within a year.
A state government officer said the amount would be transferred to the bank accounts of bonafide beneficiaries. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will provide the list of beneficiaries to BDA. "The amount will be paid from the State Capital Region Development Fund. Since the BMC is implementing the RAY project, it will provide the survey report containing information on beneficiaries to the BDA," said BMC spokesperson Srimanta Mishra.
Officials sources said construction of transit houses would start at five locations in areas under BDA's jurisdiction. "Boundary walls have been constructed at two places, while work is underway at other three locations," said the officer, adding that 19 acre area was earmarked for construction of such houses.
According to BMC survey, till now 82,000 households have identified for RAY benefit. There are 436 slums in the city. In October 2013, BMC signed an MoU with National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), a PSU under the ministry of urban development, for construction of RAY houses.