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The state cabinet on Wednesday approved allotment of nearly 400 hectares land near Sariska to the forest department in return for the land acquired in Jaipur for the Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana meant to rehabilitate slum dwellers.
“We will build 12,000 houses under the Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana to rehabilitate the slum dwellers of Jaipur’s Sanjay Nagar Bhatta Basti. This will be the country’s biggest rehabilitation project under the Yojana,” said Shanti Dhariwal, the minister for urban development and housing (UDH). He added that the government would be spending between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh on each house, which will have two bedrooms, a living room, store, washroom and some open space.
The residents of Sanjay Nagar Bhatta Basti have been illegally residing on the forest department’s land near the Nahargarh foothills. The government would be rehabilitating these people at the same area by acquiring the forest land in return for allotting around four times more land to the forest department. “The forest land we are taking here is nearly 70 hectares, while what we are giving near Sariska measures around 400 hectares,” Dhariwal said.