Sena bats for SRA, EWS scheme beneficiaries

Charge only 10% of project cost, don't push overrun load on them, say Shiv Sena leaders.

The Shiv Sena has demanded that the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation administration charge only the mandated as per JNNURM norms 10 per cent of the sanctioned cost of projects from beneficiaries of Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) housing schemes and not push part of the cost overrun on them.

The Sena has reminded the PCMC of a 2007 resolution passed by the general body to to compensate for cost overruns by facilitating commercial exploitation of part of the land where slum rehabilitation schemes are carried out, on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

"Instead of implementing the resolution, the PCMC administration loaded the excess cost on beneficiaries," the Sena said demanding as to why the PCMC administration had not acted on the resolution passed five years ago.

In a memorandum to acting Municipal Commissioner Anupkumar Yadav, Sena corporator Seema Savale said an EWS housing scheme at sector 17 & 19 Chikhali, and slum rehabilitation projects at Milindnagar, Vetalnagar, Vitthalnagar and Ajanthanagar are in progress with financial assistance from the central and state governments under Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) of the JNNURM.

As per JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission), the central government bears 50 per cent of the sanctioned cost of the project, the state government puts in 30 per cent and the corporation share is 10 per cent. The burden on the beneficiary is 10 per cent of the sanctioned project cost. The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) had sanctioned the mentioned slum rehabilitation tenements at Rs 1.76 lakh each and EWS tenements at Rs. 3.39 lakh each.

"There was a huge escalation of costs as tenders were accepted at a higher value, doubling the project cost. The shares of the central and state governments are only as per the sanctioned cost. To compensate for the escalation, the PCMC administration started charging slum dwellers Rs 42,000 instead of Rs 17,000 in slum rehab schemes and EWS scheme beneficiaries 50% of the escalated cost, Rs 3.76 lakh instead of Rs 34,000," Savale said. The Sena alleged that this action of PCMC is violating JNNURM norms.

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