The Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) Scheme, which envisages a “Slum-free India” has hit a roadblock in over 50 municipalities and municipal corporations in the state.
Many urban local bodies are yet to submit detailed project reports (DPRs) for the RAY. A few days ago, the director of the Mission for Elimination of poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA), a wing of the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Department, Anita Ramachandran dashed off letters to several municipal bodies.
They include: Guntur, Nizamabad, Ramagundam, Anantapur, Karimnagar, Kadapa, Dharmavaram, Adilabad, Chirala, Kandukur, Nandyal, Adoni, Chittoor, Madanapalle, Srikalahasti, Punganur, Zaheerabad, Medak, Siddipet, Khammam, Kothagudem, Palvancha, Yellandu, Nalgonda, Bhongir, Miryalaguda, Tandur, Vikarabad, Mahaboobnagar, Gadwal, Wanaparthy, Narayanapet and Jangaon. Municipal administration officials told Express that during a review meeting held in the last week of December, senior officials of MAUD asked the civic bodies to submit DPRs for selected slums with inadequate housing and infrastructure facilities before January 13.
They expressed unhappiness as the delay in submitting the DPRs is causing delay in the implementation of the RAY programme. MEPMA authorities asked the municipal commissioners to select slums which are on government lands, where people are having title possessions, and submit the DPRs by Monday so as to place them before the DPR appraisal committee headed by commissioner and director of municipal administration (CDMA).
Fund Crunch in GHMC
The GHMC has prepared slum-free city plan of action and prioritised the slums based on social status and deficiencies in infrastructure and accordingly selected 290 slums out of the total 1,476 and submitted the same to the government.
The total funds required for the RAY programme for five years is a whopping Rs 11,732 crore. Out of the this, Rs 9,185 crore is required for housing, and Rs 2,546 crore for environmental and social infrastructure. The cost sharing pattern is 50 percent by the Centre, 20 percent by state and 30 percent by the urban local bodies.
On a pilot project, GHMC selected Keshav Nagar slum in Serilingampally circle, with a development plan of Rs 58.74 crore. The foundation stone was laid by chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy more than a year ago. However, the works are not going as expected. GHMC officials admit that the programme got delayed due lack of funds, non-availability of land in slums and other issues.