Delhi: No home for slum-dwellers; government dithers on flat allocation

| Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 17:26
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Delhi: No home for slum-dwellers; government dithers on flat allocation

Flats vacant, yet 20K BPL homeless in Delhi

New Delhi: As the government dithers on allocation of flats to slum-dwellers in Delhi, an astounding number of  26,288 houses are lying vacant in the capital city, according to a report by Quint. Statistics indicate that a considerable number of flats have been constructed for these BPL families. However, a large number of them are lying in a dilapidated condition. 
In February 2012, the Delhi High Court had pulled up the city government for slow allocation of flats under various schemes. Justice Hima Kolhi had reportedly issued directions to the government to chalk out plans to allocate flats to over 20,000 beneficiaries of the scheme launched in 1985.
According to the reports, successive governments have failed to act on this matter and the respective ministries have remained tight-lipped as to why has the allocation process been extremely slow. A significant number of slum-dwellers have also paid a considerable amount of money for their respsctive flats, to no avail. 
In the last 11 years, three different schemes of housing for the urban poor have been implemented. As per the latest available government data, 23% of the more than 10 lakh houses built for the urban poor since 2005 lie vacant due to varied reasons.
Schemes launched:
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was launched in 2005; extended up to 31 March, 2017 
Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) was started in 2011, discontinued in May 2015; pending liabilities have been included in the new PMAY scheme. 
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for all launched in June 2015.

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