Slum-free Mumbai, state government drafts new plan

Mumbai: A new plan for the rehabilitation of the slums in Mumbai, as the state government has planned to provide guaranteed rehabilitation to more than 18 lakh slum dwellers who live in tenements built between 2000 and 2011, have been guaranteed rehabilitation, albeit not free of cost.

Residents would have to pay for the house they get as a replacement under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana’s interest subvention scheme.

The plan was detailed in a government resolution issued by the state’s housing department on Thursday.

The resolution stated that concession would be extended to such slum dwellers who had been evicted earlier for being found ‘ineligible’ for rehabilitation under the existing slum redevelopment schemes.

On April 20, President Ram Nath Kovind approved modifications to the Maharashtra Slum Act, 1971 proposed by the Maharashtra legislature.