road with my children in this cold weather.
She added, “My husband died decades ago, but these officials want my husband to be present in person to allot me a house. I am living here from last 20 years but the officers won’t allot me a house. Can’t they allot a house to a women?” Where thousands are on road, education has taken a back seat. Suraj, a student of Class VIII has not gone to school for the past few days. The worst part, he isn’t even sure if he will continue with his studies or not.
“The officiers did not even give us time to collect our belongings. I screamed and pleaded him to let me collect my things, but they bulldozed everything,” said Seeta.
When asked that a notice was given to them, she said, “We are illiterate people. There was a news that demolition will take place, but most of us did not know when. The administration did not make any announcement.”
Though, thousands are left homeless, there were others too who were lucky enough to get new houses made by the administration for them. “I got a new house, it is much better than where I lived. However, there is water and electricity problem,” said Alok.
CHB to build over 5,000 2-room flats at Maloya
Chandigarh Housing Board would be constructing more than 5,000 two room flats at Maloya under the rehabilitation scheme. The tender was approved in a meeting of the Board of Directors of CHB on Friday. While one-room tenements had been constructed till now under the rehabilitation scheme, there was a demand of two room flats.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of CHB Chairman Satya Gopal. The area of the flats would be 60 sq yards more than the existing tenements. CHB has allotted one room tenements to migrants at several places in the city. When the keys of the tenements at Sector 49 were handed over by Union Minister Kumari Selja around two years ago, she had said instead of one room, two room flats should be given.
Following this, a new design for two-room flats was prepared. The Board of Directors allotted the tender on Friday. Construction would start soon.
The slum rehabilitation scheme is being undertaken with funds under the JNURM.
The Chandigarh Housing Board is the nodal agency that undertakes construction of the houses. The beneficiaries are required to pay rent to CHB