Lucknow development body offers options to people facing eviction

December 20, 2023

LUCKNOW: To address concerns of families facing eviction from their homes in the Kukrail riverbed, the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) announced a package of discounted housing options and shop relocation assistance.

LDA vice-chairman Indramani Tripathi claimed the land falls within the designated flood plain of the Kukrail river, as per official gazettes and maps dating back to 1904 and 1920. While a government survey in 1984 identified only 283 slums in the area, unauthorized construction has continued unabated over the years.

Authority is offering priority access, easy installment and discounted registration fees under its various housing schemes. Under PMAY, a 390 sq feet flat is being offered at Rs 4.7 lakh after subsidy.

The applicant can pay the rest of the amount post-registration in easy installments. Under the Ashra Yojna of DUDA, displaced people are getting houses for free. The authority reduced the registration fee from Rs 10,000 to Rs 5,000 for affected families, he added

He said that business owners facing the loss of their shops due to the demolition are also being offered options. They can choose to relocate their businesses to shops available in LDA developed projects.

This scheme requires a 15% upfront payment, with the remaining amount spread over a convenient 10-year period. Those who have bigger families and want big houses can opt for flats in other LDA schemes in various areas of the city. They will be given priority.

LDA officials assure residents that suitable accommodation options are available for all 1,169 affected families. The VC said that they are committed to providing fair and equitable solutions to address the encroachment issue while minimizing the impact on displaced residents.

  • Published On Dec 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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