NAGPUR: Though a slum-free city seems to be a distant dream, 6,300 slum-dwellers in 44 areas are set to get posh houses along with various basic amenities under the Central government's ambitious Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme. In another scheme, 119 slum-dwellers have obtained funds for construction of houses and 3,600 houses will get funds to build toilets in their houses.
Municipal commissioner Shyam Wardhane told TOI the BSUP scheme being implemented by NMC and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) is getting immense response from slum-dwellers. "Some 6,300 slum-dwellers submitted applications under the scheme. Tenders were floated to appoint agencies for construction of houses. The bids submitted are 10.36% higher than estimated cost, but much below the earlier tenders, which were up to 29% higher. Estimated cost has increased by Rs 10.53 crore due to the fresh bids. A proposal to get approval for this has been submitted to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who is also chairman of SRA," he said. Read more
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