ROW OVER SLUM REHAB SCHEME IN THANE

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dharavi-2The slum rehabilitation scheme of Thane Municipal Corporation is mired in a controversy-the administration wants to promote the Basic Services for Urban Poor plan instead of the ongoing Slum Rehabilitation Development scheme. The annoyance is because under the SRD scheme, houses built will be 225 sq-ft tenements, which will be smaller than those under the BSUP, which offers bigger houses of 304 sq ft. The discrepancy will complicate the rehabilitation issue as beneficiaries allotted smaller houses will feel let down. Under the SRD scheme, a developer is allowed to construct a building-to accommodate slum dwellers-and sell it at market rates. This takes care of the expenditure and allows the developer to recover the amount he has spent. The BSUP, which is funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), has Rs 200 crore earmarked for its implementation. The resolution of implementing the BSUP was passed by the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP alliance and the Opposition that came to know about it only later is now protesting it. The TMC administration, however, says that there are no anomalies and there are chances that there are no chances that the slum dwellers will protest.