The Urban Poor in India are at last getting the priority they need. We will be posting articles about Healthy City and Indian Population Project VIII, which are inter-linked with the status of the Urban Poor.
Initiatives in improving the status of the Urban Poor is important.
The Govt has to look into the following:
1. The artificial price of exorbitant REAL ESTATE value.
2. The rampant corruption involved in registration of Sites by Govt bodies.
3. The newer initiatives by Tata and Janagraaha to provide low-cost housing for Rs. 1-5 lakh houses.
4. Green initiatives in Building.
Will India be slum free in 5 years? Initiatives for the Urban Poor in India
5 Jun 2009
NEW DELHI: UPA government on Thursday adopted an ambitious target of making India slum-free in five years with President Pratibha Patil announcing the launch of a special housing scheme for urban poor and slum-dwellers.
Aiming to "create a slum free India" in five years, Patil unveiled the housing scheme — Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana — on the lines of the Indira Awas Yojana being implemented in the rural areas.
Addressing a joint session of Parliament, the President said, "My government's effort will be to create a slum free India in five years through the Rajiv Awas Yojana."
The scheme will extend financial support under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to states "that are willing to assign property rights" to people living in slums.
Patil said the existing schemes for affordable housing, including interest subsidy offer, would be dovetailed into the Rajiv Awas Yojana to make it a pilot project on affordable housing for urban poor.
"The scheme for affordable housing through partnership and the scheme for interest subsidy for urban housing would be dovetailed into the Rajiv Awas Yojana which will extend support under JNNURM to states that are willing to assign property rights to people living in slum areas," the President said.
"Over 15 lakh houses are under construction for the urban poor. There is a need to focus urban housing programmes on the poor living in slums," Patil added.
Though the government has announced to make India slum-free, it is not going to be easy for the housing ministry and urban poverty alleviation ministry to fulfil the promise in five years.
According to the ministry's data, urban housing shortage is around 25 million units and most of it, around 98%, is in the low income group and economically weaker section category.
Continuing with the ambitious aim to revamp crumbling infrastructure in cities, the President emphasised that JNNURM will continue to focus on infrastructure and basic services with enhanced support to upgrade city public transport.
"JNNURM, with approval of projects of nearly Rs 50,000 crore in the last four years, is reshaping our cities and has been widely welcomed. It will continue to focus on infrastructure, basic services and governance reform and increase support to cities to upgrade public transport," the President said.