New home for Ranchi land losers in January
336 displaced families will be rehabilitated in January 2015 by Ranchi Municipal Corporation
Dec 30, 2014
Source : The Times of India

 

RANCHI: The New Year, which comes with the promise of new beginnings, will usher in 'Achche Din' for the people of Islam Nagar, who was displaced as part of the state government's anti-encroachment directive in 2011.

Around 444 families were displaced as a result of the government's directive, of which 336 of them will be rehabilitated in January 2015 by Ranchi Municipal Corporation.

RMC public relations officer, Naresh Sinha said, "We have been constructing houses for the displaced of Islam Nagar at Madhukam area near Ratu Road. The project comprises of 352 houses, of which 336 have already been constructed and will be handed over to the displaced families. Around 16 additional homes are under construction, after which, the remaining families can also move in, most likely in March."

However, despite the handing over of houses to 352 families, 92 families will remain homeless and will have to wait a little longer to move in their new homes. Sinha said, "We are waiting for land from the government to construct houses for the remaining 92 families. However, this might take some time."

The RMC was given the responsibility of constructing houses for the displaced of Islam Nagar as the area was acknowledged under the Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme.

The construction of new houses, which has finally been completed, had been stalled for around three years due to various unspecified reasons.

For the past three years, some of the displaced families have been living in the area under makeshift tents made from plastics and rags, while others have been taking shelter at a mardrassa located nearby.

Mubarak Ansari, a resident of Islam Nagar said, "We had given up hope of ever getting our homes back. We were going on with our lives but I think the New Year will bring 'achche din' for us too. I hope that every family gets a new house."

Rajya Sabha MP, Parimal Nathwani, began working for the improvement of Islam Nagar a few years ago with a dream to make it a garbage-free model slum replete with necessary facilities.

However, the project stalled when the local administration declared the area to be encroached on March 29, 2011.

After the anti-encroachment drive, Nathwani played an important role in fighting the legal battle for the displaced families of Islam Nagar. He personally approached the Human Rights Commission to champion their cause.

Nathwani expressed his pleasure after the announcement of handing over of the new dwellings to displaced families and said, "The only consolation is that the wounds received in 2011 have started healing. I wish that the other 92 families get their new homes soon too."

??Ranchi: The New Year, which comes with the promise of new beginnings, will usher in 'Achche Din' for the people of Islam Nagar, who was displaced as part of the state government's anti-encroachment directive in 2011. Around 444 families were displaced as a result of the government's directive, of which 336 of them will be rehabilitated in January 2015 by Ranchi Municipal Corporation.

RMC public relations officer, Naresh Sinha said, "We have been constructing houses for the displaced of Islam Nagar at Madhukam area near Ratu Road. The project comprises of 352 houses, of which 336 have already been constructed and will be handed over to the displaced families. Around 16 additional homes are under construction, after which, the remaining families can also move in, most likely in March."

However, despite the handing over of houses to 352 families, 92 families will remain homeless and will have to wait a little longer to move in their new homes. Sinha said, "We are waiting for land from the government to construct houses for the remaining 92 families. However, this might take some time."

The RMC was given the responsibility of constructing houses for the displaced of Islam Nagar as the area was acknowledged under the Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme. The construction of new houses, which has finally been completed, had been stalled for around three years due to various unspecified reasons.

For the past three years, some of the displaced families have been living in the area under makeshift tents made from plastics and rags, while others have been taking shelter at a mardrassa located nearby.

Mubarak Ansari, a resident of Islam Nagar said, "We had given up hope of ever getting our homes back. We were going on with our lives but I think the New Year will bring 'achche din' for us too. I hope that every family gets a new house."

Rajya Sabha MP, Parimal Nathwani, began working for the improvement of Islam Nagar a few years ago with a dream to make it a garbage-free model slum replete with necessary facilities. However, the project stalled when the local administration declared the area to be encroached on March 29, 2011.

After the anti-encroachment drive, Nathwani played an important role in fighting the legal battle for the displaced families of Islam Nagar. He personally approached the Human Rights Commission to champion their cause.

Nathwani expressed his pleasure after the announcement of handing over of the new dwellings to displaced families and said, "The only consolation is that the wounds received in 2011 have started healing. I wish that the other 92 families get their new homes soon too."

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