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Naveen resents delay in RAY projects approval

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 1:

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday expressed resentment over the inordinate delay by the Centre in sanctioning projects under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) in the state.

Presiding over a high level review meeting at the State Secretariat here, Patnaik asked the Urban Development authorities to take up the matter with the Centre for early approval to help the slum improvement initiatives.

It may be noted that the Centre had launched RAY in the country to accomplish mission for a slum free India by 2020.

Under the scheme, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Brahmapur, Puri, Rourkela and Sambalpur towns were included in the first phase. The state government had proposed the Centre for inclusion of Baleswar, Jeypore, Jharsuguda and Jajpur-including Jajpur Road- in the first phase.

However, several project proposals for Jeypore, Jharsuguda and Baleswar are yet to be cleared in the second phase, said official sources.

Even the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) with financial involvement sent to the Centre in respect of slums in Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Brahmapur and Puri were pending for the approval for a long time.

The meeting decided to take steps for reserving at least 20 per cent of land for the poor people in urban residential areas, construction of transit houses and provision of rental houses for the urban poor.