Mumbai: SRA to rehabilitate slum-dwellers living near railway lines on all the three routes

Mumbai: The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) has completed conducting the biometric survey of the hutments which are located along the railway lines on all the three routes. This survey is being conducted in order to find the eligible slum dwellers and rehabilitate them in SRA project.

The state government has directed SRA to conduct the numbering of the hutments in order to identify the eligible slum dwellers. The biometric survey was conducted by consultants of MahaOnline Survey Limited company who went out on field and numbered the hutments.

The biometric survey involves door to door survey in which the consultants asks the slum dwellers to produce the necessary documents like the Aadhar card and other identity documents. “The consultants have completed conducting the survey in slums along the railway lines located at Kurla, Deonar, Dharavi and Eksar areas. The survey began in October 2016 and completed in December 2017,” said an SRA official.

The required documents have been submitted to the respective Deputy Collector who is the competant authority of a particular slum area. “The deputy collector will provide with the final list of slum dwellers who are eligible for rehabilitation,” added the official. The eligible hutments will be recognised as Project Affected Persons (PAP) and is likely to be rehabilitated in a SRA project.

“We will not be able to rehabilitate the slum dwellers in the same area as it is a railway land,” added the official. The railways are yet to come up with a rehabilitation policy which would allow the slum dwellers to be rehabilitated in the same area. Maharashtra government has aimed to eliminate all slum areas in Maharashtra by 2022.

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