As per the directions of Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab and Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, State will identify and finalize the suitable land in next 1 month in all the municipal areas to construct affordable houses for slum dwellers and also for persons belonging to low income group. The detailed instructions to identify suitable land chunks, identify and notify slum areas, identify beneficiaries and to implement the “Housing for All” scheme as per guidelines were given to Department of Local Government and Department of Housing by Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Chief Secretary Punjab while chairing State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC) of “Housing for All” Scheme. SLSMC is the in-charge of overall implementation of the Mission including approval of Housing for All Plan of Action, Annual Implementation Plan, Approval of DPRs, Quality Monitoring Plans and monitoring of the mission
During the meeting the Chief Secretary was informed that under the scheme, the Local Government department has identified 30 sites (233 acres) in 18 cities and demand survey is in progress. CS directed the Department to identify remaining land chunks for construction of affordable housing for slum dwellers and low income groups. 218 acres land also has also been identified by Department of Housing which will also be used for inviting applications from the beneficiaries under the scheme. Chief Secretary directed the Secretary Local Government to study Dharavi model of Maharashtra in detail and also other successful Slum Development projects and finalize an action plan in 7 days for replication of such successful models in slum areas of Punjab especially in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The Department will further prepare the detailed project reports and submit to Government of India. The performa for invitation of applications under the scheme and eligibility criteria were also approved during the meeting. The detailed project report of Dhobiana Basti amounting to Rs. 56.63 crore was approved during the meeting.
Chief Secretary was informed that 2 workshops regarding this scheme have already been conducted in January month in which Mayors/Chairman of ULBs, officers of the department of Local Government, Housing, PUDA participated. Chief Secretary directed the authorities to conduct next workshops in Ludhiana and Amritsar and focus of workshops should be on Slum Development. The meeting was attended by Mr. Viswajit Khanna, Principal Secretary Housing, Mr. Vikas Pratap , Secretary Local Government, Mr. Priyank Bharti, Director Local Government , Mr. Manvesh Sidhu, CA PUDA and other concerned officials.