AS MANY as 11,742 pucca houses will be constructed for urban poor in the State capital and the residents would be provided with roads, clean drinking water, sewage disposal, street lights and other civic facilities. It will be done under set of five projects worth Rs 172 crore of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) approved by the Union Urban Development Ministry under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission on Thursday in New Delhi.
Under the projects, those living in slum dwellings at Aradhana Nagar, Koh-e-Fiza, Ganga Nagar, Indira Nagar, Baba Nagar, Arjun Nagar, Bhim Nagar, Madrasi Colony, Rahul Nagar, Vajpayi Nagar, Kainchi Chhola and Idgah Hills will be benefited. New concrete houses will be constructed for them and the settlements would be provided with all necessary basic facilities.
Total 1,814 houses will be constructed at Aradhana Nagar and Ganga Nagar (Kotra Sultanabad) at the cost of Rs 24.74 crore, 1,728 houses will be constructed at Indira Nagar at the cost of Rs 30.16 crores, 1,872 houses at Baba Nagar at cost of Rs 26.83 crore, 352 houses at Arjun Nagar, 968 at Bhim Nagar, 180 at Madrasi Colony and 2,028 houses at Rahul Nagar at total cost of Rs 52.64 crore and 3,328 houses at Vajpayi Nagar, Koh-e-Fiza, Kainchi Chhola and Idgah Hills at the cost of Rs 50.84 crore.
The house complexes would be of G+3 (ground floor plus three floors) and the houses would be of 32 by 34 square metre size. This is the fifth set of projects for the capital city to be approved under the JNNURM project this year.
With the approval of this set of projects, the total worth of approved projects has gone up to Rs 403 crore. Before this, in March projects worth Rs 90 crore were approved, in May 2006 projects worth Rs 30 crore, in July projects worth Rs 29 crore and in October projects worth Rs 82.16 crore were approved. This set of projects is the biggest to be approved as yet for the capital.
The BMC had forwarded 10 projects worth Rs 305 crore for approval under the JNNURM. Five of these projects were on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting and all of them were approved. Commissioner of Urban Development Malay Shrivastava, in charge municipal commissioner Arvind Dubey and other officials were present at the meeting. Mayor Sunil Sood made special efforts for getting the projects approved.
The Mayor has expressed gratitude to Union Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachauri, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Shailaja and Ajay Makan for their support in getting the projects approved.