In a move to clear the city of slum areas, the UT administration has served a 21-day notice on those residing in three colonies in Sector 52 to vacate the premises.
This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by UT administrator Shivraj Patil and attended by top officials. The estate office has given notice of 21 days to all the slum dwellers to vacate the land. The notices were served in Kuldeep Colony, Pandit Colony and Majdoor Colony by a team led by inspector Ravinder Sharma of estate office.
Giving details, inspector Ravinder Sharma said all the residents of the three colonies who were found eligible were rehabilitated in May. Some 71 families, who were found eligible, could not be allotted houses due to incomplete paper work.
In the meeting, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has been assured that all the 71 families will be provided with accommodation shortly. On expiry of notice period, the estate office will carry demolition drive to remove illegal occupants. There are around 500 families residing illegally in these colonies.
As per official record, the city is house to a total of 18 slums scattered in different parts with a total of 23,974 houses and a population of more than 1.5 lakh. The administration had floated two proposals for construction of 25,728 small flats in two phases - 6,368 in phase-1and 19,360 in Phase-2. The proposals were approved by the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation and a grant was also sanctioned by the Centre.
The authorities had then identified eight locations in different parts of the city for the construction of dwelling units. As per official data, the slums in Chandigarh include Ambedkar Colony, Gurusagar Colony, Janta Colony, Kabari Colony, Kalyan Colony, Kuldeep Colony, Kumhar Colony, Colony Number 4, Colony 5, LBS Colony, Madrasi Colony, Majdoor Colony, Nerhu Colony, Rajiv Colony, Sanjay Colony, Maulijagran, Shahpur Colony and Pandit Colony.
Colony number 5 has maximum population housed in a total of 7,035 tenements, followed by Colony number 4 with as many as 5,185 houses.
Meanwhile, administrator Shivraj Patil also passed directions on the ongoing works of slum rehabilitation project. He said the proposed water supply to the slum rehabilitation scheme through tubewell and boosting system was not an assured system. Therefore, he said, it should be strengthened by providing municipal water as being done for other parts of the city. In this regard, even if any pipeline is to be laid, the same should be provided by the municipal corporation to ensure that municipal water reaches all rehabilitation colonies, he added.
The administrator further instructed that individual plastic water tanks provided on the rooftop of small flats may be dispensed with, by providing common overhead water tanks so that the space could be utiilised for solar water heating system.
Total slums in city: 18
No. of houses: 23,974
Population: 1.5 lakh
Biggest colony: Colony number 5 with 7,035 houses
Notice served on Kuldeep Colony, Pandit Colony and Majdoor Colony
Hit: 500 families