Mumbai's slum redevelopment project to go digital in bid to weed out corruption

The SRA which has been under the scanner couple of times for giving illegal approvals will now become digital to avoid corruption.

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) which has been under the scanner for its non-transparent method of taking projects will finally go online in the months to come.

The digitisation process, which has been going on since 2015, will be rolled out in a couple of months. According to The Indian Express, a government source was quoted as saying, "A proposal for the use of biometric and online certification to decide the eligibility has now been formulated. It should be rolled out in a month or so."

The SRA, which has been under the scanner couple of times for giving illegal approvals, will now go digital to avoid corruption. As per IE's sources, the online slum eligibility is slated to be completed in three months time. The Authority has also decided to provide options for online approval of projects and continue pushing the digitisation process of records.

Almost two decades old, the SRA has joined hands with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) in May, and it has become mandatory for all slum projects to be registered with the RERA.

As per earlier reports, in a letter, the Mumbai municipality had informed the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) that the builder had not completed Rs 20 crore worth work for one colony. The MMRDA had appointed 25 builders to construct 32 of the housing colonies across Mumbai in return for Floor Space Index, which they used to construct swanky structures just next door to the rehabilitation projects.

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