Obtaining optimum benefit

05/01/2019

The urban population of J&K is over 35 lakh of which over 6 lakh is living in the slums with least or negligible basic amenities and these figures clearly reveal that implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the housing and urban development sector has not picked up the required momentum till date. In a testimony of dilly-dallying approach of all the concerned authorities in the implementation of several Centrally Sponsored Schemes aimed at providing housing and basic civic amenities to the urban poor, around 19% of the total urban population in Jammu and Kashmir is still living in the slums. Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs through its programmatic interventions like Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) has been making overarching efforts in providing housing and basic civic amenities to the urban poor including slum dwellers by assisting the States both technically and financially. Under AMRUT, J&K's Annul Action Plans for three years have been approved by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs at a cost of Rs 593.05 crore for water supply sector, sewerage and septage management sector and storm water drainage sector.
Similarly, under SMB-U, Union Government provides incentive of Rs 39,200 per seat for construction of community toilets in the urban areas including authorized/unauthorized colonies or notified/non-notified slums where members don't have access to household toilets. Under Slum Re-development Component of PMAY-U Mission, there is a provision to provide all weather pucca houses to all eligible slum dwellers. The PMAY-U Mission envisages that houses constructed by the States have basic civic infrastructure like water, sanitation, sewerage, road and electricity etc. However, despite all these schemes and liberal financial assistance under the same, around 19% of the total urban population of Jammu and Kashmir is still living in slums, sources said quoting the figures of Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Pointing towards PMAY-U, they disclosed that against 14,577 houses sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for slum dwellers till date, only 9080 have been grounded and merely 7023 constructed so far. "In this way, the State has failed to obtain optimum benefit of this major scheme of the Government of India.

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