Tenements to have women as joint owners

After putting on track its slum rehabilitation scheme, Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP), under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has now decided to empower women under the scheme by registering the tenement in the name of a woman member of the beneficiary family.

In its proposal tabled in the standing committee, the civic administration has submitted the draft of the agreement to be signed between the beneficiary family and the PMC for the purpose. "The PMC has begun allotment of tenements to slum-dwellers eligible under the BSUP scheme. However, the PMC needs to sign an agreement with the beneficiaries and the same has been tabled for approval," said Poonam Mehta, special officer, BSUP.

As per the agreement, the PMC will register the tenement allotted to the beneficiary family jointly in the name of the owner of the hut and a woman of his family. "We have to register the allotted tenement in the name of the beneficiary family. Thus, a decision was deliberately taken to register it jointly in the names of the head of the family and a woman of the family," she said.

To achieve the objective of women's empowerment, Mehta added, the first name on the agreement will be of the woman nominated by the beneficiary family, followed by the head male member. "The woman can be wife, mother or daughter of the family," she said, adding that it would be in the extreme case of no woman in the family that the man could be sole owner of the tenement.

The PMC has already appointed agencies to carry out the process of convincing the eligible slum-dwellers to take advantage of the scheme and carry out the necessary process.

Accordingly, the agency will collect the eligibility proof and help the family raise the ten per cent of the tenement cost through bank loan.

The civic administration has calculated the construction cost of each tenement under the scheme to Rs 4,27,589 and has appealed to various banks to give loan to the beneficiary family. The appointed agency has also been given the responsibility to form a cooperative housing society of the rehabilitated slum-dwellers.

The construction of 2,408 apartments in Hadapsar and 1,344 in Warje under the scheme is nearing completion. To start with, the PMC has decided to allot the apartments to the slum-dwellers with huts on nallahs, in naturally sensitive area like hills or near rivers and those getting displaced due to road widening.

Under JNNURM, the Union government had approved slum rehabilitation projects in Kondhwa, Kothrud, Lohegaon, Warje and Hadapsar, but a few of them have remained a non-starter.

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