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Maharashtra government unveils fresh plan for slum-free Mumbai

According to the plan, more than 18 lakh slum dwellers, who live in tenements built between 2000 and 2011, have been guaranteed rehabilitation.

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The Maharashtra government on Thursday rolled out a fresh plan to make Mumbai slum-free, according to a report by The Indian Express.

According to the plan, more than 18 lakh slum dwellers, who live in tenements built between 2000 and 2011, have been guaranteed rehabilitation, albeit not free of cost.

Residents would have to pay for the house they get as a replacement under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana’s interest subvention scheme.

The plan was detailed in a government resolution issued by the state's housing department on Thursday.

The resolution stated that concession would be extended to such slum dwellers who had been evicted earlier for being found 'ineligible' for rehabilitation under the existing slum redevelopment schemes.

On April 20, President Ram Nath Kovind approved modifications to the Maharashtra Slum Act, 1971 proposed by the Maharashtra legislature.

The news daily quoted the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) as saying that more than 62 lakh people — or one-half of Mumbai’s population — reside in 12.5 lakh slum tenements. Slums collectively cover over 8  percent of the city's total geographic area.

The plan was first proposed by the Shiv Sena-BJP government in 1995 and entitled hutments that had been built before January 1, 1995 to rehabilitation, free of cost.

The Congress-NCP-led government had later changed the cut-off date to January 1, 2000.
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