Bhopal smart city project: Authorities confused, residents worried

  • Purvi Jain, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2016 17:01 IST
Following protests by the residents, the location for the smart city project was shifted to North and South TT Nagar. (HT file)

Torn between the redensification and the smart city projects of the Madhya Pradesh government, the residents of South TT Nagar in Bhopal don’t know what to do in response to the notices issued by the estate office to them.

Arpita Joshi, a resident of South TT Nagar, who has to leave Bhopal soon for her job, is worried for her old parents as the Bhopal Development Authority (BDA)has asked them to vacate their house and choose one of the two available options under the redensification project to shift to.

The state government had earlier selected Shivaji Nagar and Tulsi Nagar areas for the smart city, but following protests by the residents, the location for the project was shifted to north and south TT Nagar.

Approximately 1,400 house owners were issued notices by the BDA and estate office to relocate and choose other options for accommodation. The BDA had started working after the plan of redensification project was ready.

BDA stopped redensification work after smart city project shifted to TT Nagar

According to the plan, as many as 4,308 ultra-modern apartments with a shopping complex were to be built in North and South TT Nagar. But after the location for the smart city project moved to TT Nagar, the BDA stopped its redensification project. Official sources from estate office say that they cannot move ahead with any work unless and until they get a directive from the state government.

BDA chief executive officer (CEO) Neeraj Vashisht said, “We made a plan to build 4,308 ultra-modern apartments in place of 1,400 old houses in TT Nagar, but after the area was chosen for the smart city project, our role came to an end. Now, it is the BMC which will relocate the residents.”

However, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has neither any blueprint for the smart city project nor does it have any idea of how many residents will have to be rehabilitated because of the smart city project. Officials dithered when they were asked about the rehabilitation of the residents.

CEO of smart city Bhopal, Chandramauli said, “It is the job of the BDA to rehabilitate and shift people. We will work only on the redevelopment of the chosen area.”

The BMC has neither conducted any survey till now to prepare the design of the project nor has contacted the BDA for the rehabilitation of the people. BMC officials claim that no one will be asked to vacate their houses until the plan is ready for the smart city project though residents who have got notices on May 27 to think about other options are in utter panic.

The notices are still being given by the estate office even though the redensifiction project has been completely halted by the BDA.

The smart city company, set up for developing the project, did not hold a single meeting after the change of location a month ago, and failure to hold any meeting might have been the reason for not making any blueprint for the project, sources said. The last meeting was held about four months ago.

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