Upgrade slums to livable habitats: CS

Eligible households to be provided houses under Jaga Mission 


Bhubaneswar, Jan 13: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra directed officials of Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department to transform urban slums into livable habitats with basic services like road, elec-tricity, drinking water and com-munity space facilities here Wednesday 

While reviewing reviewing the progress made on grant of land rights to slum dwellers under Jaga Mission, Mahapatra Wednesday directed the officials to provide land rights to all eligible houses under the mis-sion as announced by the Chief Minister

 H&UD secretary G Mathivathanan said that Odisha’s Jaga Mission has been recognised 

as a pioneering model by United Nations. It is the world’s largest slum titling project, he claimed. According to sources, drone and socio-economic survey in 48 mu-nicipalities and 61 NACs have been conducted as per the Land Right to Slum Dwellers Act of 2017.

 Around 1.65 lakh households (HHs) have been identified and listed for grant of land rights. Out of them, 60,000 HHs have already been given the Land Right Certificate. 1.5 lakh HHs have been issued land entitle-ment letters.

 The Chief Secretary directed the Revenue and Disaster Management department to expe-dite the matters relating to de-marcation and conversion so that land rights against the landless HHs in slums can be settled. Further, Mahapatra said that provisions of the Forest Conservation Act should be ad-hered to while laying the mini-mum basic infrastructure in the for-est category land within the urban areas. 

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