Nagpur: Slum dwellers are unable to pay the annual ground rent imposed for ownership title. During the year 2017-2018, NIT had sent a demand letter for ground rent to 256 slum dwellers who were allotted lease rights in East and West of Nagpur. Of them, 106 Slum dwellers have paid ground rent. It is clear from the fact that most of the slum dwellers are unable to pay the ground rent, it has been expressed by Anil Wasnik, convener of Shahar Vikas Manch (SVM) City Development Forum.
In the Financial year 2017-2018, NIT has sent letters to 46 residents of Adarsh nagar East Nagpur, 32 of the Deputy Signals, Nehru Nagar 62, Panther Nagar 50, Prajapati Nagar 52 and from the West Nagpur, Total 256 citizens from the 14 Slums have received demand notes to pay the ground rent. Among them, 104 are from East Nagpur and 2 from West Nagpur, of which total 106 people have received demand notes to pay ground rent.
Slum residents have to pay a ground rent as per Government resolution of 24th August 2016. With the high demand notes slum dwellers are voicing out their reaction to NIT. The citizens living in the slum of Nagpur are prominent among the economically weaker sections of the Society. These slums constitutes Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, minorities and the working class. Their economic capability is not sound enough to pay high ground rent which exclude their dream and forced to live in slums.
The delegation from Shahar Vikash Manch (SVM) has met Ramteke, GM, NIT and demanded to charge rate on a nominal rate or Charge the rate on the basis of old EWS scheme of NIT. In the Delegation Nitin Meshram, Dr Tambatkar, Ramlal Somkuvar, Rajukumar Vanjari, Shailendra Wasnik and others were present.