Hyderabad, may 17: As part of the efforts to make cities slum-free, the state government is taking up Rajiv Awas Yojana in six more cities _ Nellore, Guntur, Kurnool, Nizamabad, Warangal and Kakinada.
The nodal agency for the programme, Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas, a wing of the municipal administration directorate, is doing the spade work.
The civic bodies have been asked to send the proposals.
The Centre has prepared guidelines and models of the plans and asked the states to identify towns suitable for the scheme. It earmarked about Rs 890 crore in the current year and Andhra Pradesh was granted Rs 4.60 crore initially to prepare the plans.
“The aim of the RAY is to bring the existing slums in to formal system and enabling them to avail the same basic amenities as the rest of the town.
In a sense the RAY is a replica of JNNURM.