Mumbai mayor for speedy implementation of slum rehabilitation scheme

Mumbai, Mar 30 | Updated: Mar 31 2007, 07:45am hrs
The newly elected mayor of Mumbai, Shubha Raul, on Friday made a strong case for the expeditious implementration of the slum rehabilitation scheme in Greater Mumbai. Raul proposed that the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), responsible for the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers, must provide at least 350 square feet carpet area to the tenements instead of 225 square feet.

In Mumbai, of the total population of 11 million about 55% constitute the slum population and they occupy about 12.85% of the citys total land area. Approximately 5.5-6 million live in slums and so the authority must expedite the implementation of the SRA scheme, Raul said.

This apart, Raul informed that a joint meeting of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp (BMC) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been convened on April 9 to monitor the progress of the cleaning and widening of the Mithi river and also the ongoing cleaning of the nullahs and storm water drains across the city before the monsoon.

Raul noted that she would make every attempt to ensure that the work of cleaning up of the nullahs is being carried out as per the schedule.

Commenting on the road situation in Mumbai, Raul said that the BMC should consider using plastic waste with bitumen in order to improve the quality of roads.

Raul informed that plastic waste is already being used in Delhi and Bangalore. Every year, Mumbaikars have to face the problem of bad roads during monsoon.

If plastic roads can provide durability to the roads, there is no harm in using the same technology in Mumbai, she added.