Inclusive urban development needed: Kumari Selja
The Union Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation & Tourism Kumari Selja has highlighted the need to ensure that urban development is inclusive. "Only an Inclusive city can be a sustainable city and we have to work towards an urban India where we would have addressed the developmental disparities in a comprehensive and holistic manner," she said.
The Minister was delivering the World Habitat Day Address. She said, the indicator of livable cities, are good infrastructure, clean environment, good quality of life and vibrant economic base for all its citizens.
Listing a major initiative of the ministry, Kumari Selja said draft bill of the Model Real Estate (Regulation of Development) Act has been put on website of the Housing ministry inviting comments from public at large. She said the draft bill is essentially rooted in the need to promote planned and healthy real estate development of colonies and apartments, with a view to protection consumer interest on the one hand and to facilitate a smooth and speedy urban construction on the other.
The minister said, it is necessary to break away from past trends and practices and to take decisive action for inclusive urban development that acknowledges the presence of the poor in cities, recognizes their contributions as essential to the city’s functioning and redresses the fundamental reasons for inequity that ties them down to poverty. She said major programmes have been started by the government to address these shortages.
She said the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP) and the scheme for Affordable Housing in Partnership together seek to upgrade slums and create additional stock by enabling the construction of about 25 lakh houses with basic amenities for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Groups (LIG) by the end of 11th Five-Year Plan.
Referring to the proposed Rajiv Awas Yojana, the minister said, it proposes to bringing existing slums within the formal system and enabling them to avail of the same amenities as the rest of the town; redressing the failures of the formal system that lie behind the creation of slum and force the poor to resort to extralegal solutions in a bid to retain their sources of livelihood and employment.
World Habitat Day celebrated yesterday
The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October each year as the World Habitat Day (WHD). The idea is to reflect on the state of human settlements and the necessity of adequate shelter for all.