One slum one rehabilitation apartment is state’s new policy

Mumbai: To take Mumbai towards the slum free status, the state housing department has issued fresh directives for the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). According to the new policy issued on May 3, 2019, henceforth slum dwellers will be eligible for only one house in the redevelopment project.  The decision has been taken after it was found that slum dwellers own various huts in different parts of the city in greed of getting more than one house.

To ensure the policy is implemented fairly, the SRA officials have been asked to follow strict compliance in maintaining records by taking slum dwellers’ Aadhaar card and individual photograph data as identity proof of both husband and wife. The housing department believes it will help them to achieve ‘one slum one rehabilitation apartment’ policy under the Development Control Regulation DCR 33 (10) for both free housing and paid rehabilitation.

Besides this, in order to expedite slum demolitions process, the state housing department has instructed SRA to cancel the eligible names in Annexure 2 if the tenements are rented out to third party. According to SRA rule No 33 (10) only the actual occupant are liable for getting the house. In case if the eligible tenant has rented out his or her house they become ineligible as per the new policy decision.

The state housing authority believes in some of the large slum pockets, the illegal leasing of tenements by Annxure-2 tenants to third party was found to be in excess of 15 per cent of total hutments, which not only stalls the redevelopment project but has been creating third party dispute. Eventually depriving lakhs of eligible slum dwellers from getting the SRA houses. These hurdles have been identified as a major lacunae in implementing the state governments ambitious target of slum-free Mumbai by 2022, according to housing authority officials.

Further, the housing department has given all rights to chief executive officer as well as Slum Rehabilitation Authority to act against slum dwellers stalling the redevelopment project. Those slum dwellers slums who refusing to vacate and acting in violation of the guidelines and hampering the project implementation, the housing ministry has directed the SRA to incorporate all changes in the revised public slum rehabilitation Scheme rules executed under 3B.

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