Bhopal: In a move to make the state slum free, the Madhya Pradesh government is all set to provide shelters, under the Central Government-run Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), to the urban poor living in 1258 slums across the state. Out of the total corpus of Rs 5000 crore, 1000 crore will be spent during the first phase of the scheme.

The slum-free scheme will initially be launched in Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Sagar districts. Later it will be extended to Bhopal and Ujjain.

Urban Administration and Development Minister Balulal Gaur told reporters the proposal of the RAY has been forwarded to the Urban Housing and Poverty Alleviation Ministry.

Under the scheme, a total of 2.97 lakh residential dwelling units will be constructed. The expenditure incurred on the entire exercise will be borne by the Centre and state government in the ratio of 50:50.

On the dilapidated conditions of the roads in Bhopal, Gaur said the maintenance work will be started after the Monsoon season.