• Rehab plan for 96 families in Kolhapur progresses

    The civic body has drafted a Rs 10-crore project to provide flats to 96 families from Kapoor Vasahat slum under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

    The project is the first to be submitted to the central government under the scheme which is also known has ‘Housing for all by 2022’ scheme. The central and state governments and the beneficiary have to share the cost of the housing unit.

    Prasad Sankpal, programme co-ordinator for the PMAY said, “We have planned to rehabilitate the slumdwellers from the area in six-floor apartments. The central government will contribute Rs 1 lakh and the beneficiary has to share 15% of the total cost of the housing unit. The state government will also make a contribution and the rest will be generated from through public-private partnership basis.”

    “The project report will be tabled in the general body meeting on May 20. After the general body’s approval, it will be submitted to the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority, which will submit it to the central government,” Sankpal said.

    The scheme envisages providing houses to three types of beneficiaries — slumdwellers with property cards of their own, homeless people, and those with their own property but lacking ‘pucca’ houses.

    The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation has finalised around 550 beneficiaries belonging to the homeless category. The project report for Subhashnagar slums is in the final stage.

    The civic body had finalised the detailed project report to provide flats to over 100 poor families at Subhashnagar slums under the earlier Rajiv Awas Yojana and had submitted it to the state government. However, the project was not approved. After the new government launched the new scheme, the KMC had to revise the DPR owing to the changes in the funding pattern. Cortez Kennedy Jersey

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