Mysore: ' Slum dwellers to get houses'

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Mysuru, Oct 22: Minister in charge of Mysore district Shobha Karandlaje laid the foundation stone for the construction of houses for slum dwellers under a scheme of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at a function here on Tuesday. The function was organised jointly by the Karnataka Slum Clearance Board and the Mysore City Corporation. The houses will be built under the slum improvement scheme.

Ms. Karandlaje laid the foundation stone at Medar Block here in the presence of Minister for Housing Krishnaiah Shetty and board Chairman Narasimhaswamy.

Mayor Ayub Khan and councillors did not attend the function although the MCC was part of the project implementation.

It is learnt that the councillors decided to boycott the function since the corporation was not informed about it in advance.

Under the first phase of the scheme, 2,788 houses will be built in 20 slums and basic facilities such as drinking water, drainage and electricity will be provided to them. The board has identified the slums where the schemes, which will cost Rs. 45.27 crore, will be executed.

The slums identified under the first phase are Dharam Singh Colony B Block; Hanchya Sathagally Survey No. 288 for B.B. Keri slum dwellers; Hebbal Colony; slums on KSRTC, KSRTC and MUDA land; Kuppalur (D.D. Urs Colony); Mandakalli; Medar Block1 and 2; Metagalli; Raja Soap Factory; Raja Rajeshwari Rice Mill; RMC Yard A Block; RMC Yard B Block; RMC Yard C Block; Roopanagar; Usmaniya Block; Manjunathapura; RMC Yard D Block and Savita Ambedkar Colony.

In the second phase, 2,500 houses will be built and basic facilities extended to 41 slums at a cost of Rs. 90.93 crore. The tenders for the second phase are under the scrutiny of State-level Empowerment Committee (SLEC) headed by the Chief Secretary. It is yet to clear the second phase of the slum development programme.

The board officials had earlier given an assurance that alternative accommodation would be provided to the slum dwellers until the works were completed, after issuing them title deeds for the houses.

It is not clear whether the MCC had issued no-objection certificates (NOCs) to slum dwellers of 20 slums (under the first phase) for carrying out the works.

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