Meghalaya govt asked for campaign to eradicate slums

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Shillong, Dec 20 (UNI) Union Minister of State in-charge Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja today asked the Meghalaya government to launch a campaign for eradication of slums in the state.

After laying the foundation of a housing project for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Lower Income Groups (LIG) here, she said, ''Shillong is a beautiful city and with urbanisation growing at a fast pace, people should declare and campaign on the need to make the city slum-free as soon as possible.'' Earlier, the state government had declared 19 localities as slum areas in Shillong.

Estimated at the cost of Rs 13 crore, the housing project would be constructed in an eight-acre land at Lumphira in Nongmynsong. The complex would accommodate 300 families.

State Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh said the project was conceived after the government realised growth of urbanisation in the state.

Mr Lyngdoh also stressed on the construction of a housing complex for the urban poor.

Urging the Meghalaya government to build the housing complex with quality design where the poor can access to schools, health facilities and other basic amenities, Ms Selja assured all financial support to ensure basic amenities to the poor and needy people of the state.


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