Fund Crunch Hit Residential Flat Project EWS At Rasulpur Kalan, Amritsar
Shortage of funds has hit the residential flat project EWS (Economically Weaker Section) at Rasulpur Kalan, situated on the Amritsar outskirts. Unsanitary conditions prevail at the EWS residential units.
The residential flat project EWS are under construction under a Union Government sponsored scheme to provide houses to urban poor in association with the state government and the Municipal Corporation. The beneficiaries have to pay only Rs 25,000 to own a flat.
Notably, the stakeholders failed to provide their timely contribution, causing a delay in the completion of the project. The families living in shanties in public places, green belts, gardens and roadsides were to be rehabilitated in these flats.
Under the scheme, as many as 320 dwelling units for people belonging to the EWS were constructed under the Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP), a part of the JNNURM, in Rasulpur Kalan. The project is situated opposite to Challi Khuh park. Each unit consists of two rooms, kitchen, gallery and a toilet.
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation was to give Rs 2.88 crore, the state government Rs 2.33 crore and the MC had to contribute Rs 2.94 crore for the project.
These flats are not being properly utilised as there is no proper road connectivity. House is a vital need of every human being. The government must have pounced upon the opportunity to provide housing for all in the holy city.
Majority of the flats are incomplete so lying unoccupied. The families living in some structures are compelled to discharge the waste into a nearby open area as there is no regular sewage connectivity.
Officials associated with the project, on the condition of anonymity, said, neither the Centre nor the state contributed funds on time. The project dates back to 2009 and with the passage of time, the cost has been rising. Besides, the beneficiaries are also reluctant to contribute Rs 25,000 to possess flats.
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