THE MINISTRY of Urban Development on Wednesday approved Rs 82.14-crore infrastructure development project for the scattered settlements of Bhopal under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The project will benefit over two-lakh people living in 84 scattered settlements.
The ministry granted approval to two projects at a meeting held in New Delhi for the infrastructure development in the localities having the population of urban poor. So far, the Union government has approved the schemes of over Rs 200-crore for Bhopal. But, the project approved on Wednesday is the biggest among all the sanctioned schemes under the JNNURM. The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) had submitted this project in two parts – one of Rs 40.9 crore and other of Rs 41.2 crore.
The infrastructure development project will cover 15 per cent of total city population besides 42 per cent of the urban poor population of Bhopal. This project will mostly cover the gas-affected areas spread around the Union Carbide project. However, most of these settlements are the illegal colonies developed over the years. Over 33000 households are living in these areas.
The project will cover the development of 32 colonies of zone 12 and 23 colonies of zone 13. These colonies include Geeta Colony, Shiv Nagar, Kalyan Nagar, Panchwati, Navbahar Colony, Semra, Semra Kala, Kailash Nagar and others. Besides, 10 colonies of zone 8 including Sundar Nagar, Shahenshah Garden, Subhash Nagar, Pant Nagar, Saubhagya Colony etc would be developed. The colony of zone-1, zone-3 and zone-11 are also included in this project.
Earlier, the Union government had approved Rs 30-crore scheme for the channelisation of nullahs, Rs 15-crore scheme for water supply arrangement in gas-hit areas, Rs 20-crore project for MP Nagar development and Rs 8-crore scheme for the infrastructure development at Categorised Market (New Kabadkhana).
The first installment of Rs 16 crore has already been provided to the BMC for the implementation of these schemes. The tender process of couple of these schemes has been completed. Mayor Sunil Sood thanked the Union minister Suresh Pachauri for the sanction of these projects. He said that the project approved today would benefit a large urban poor population.
He said that long pending development of gas hit areas would be completed after the implementation of this project. Sood said that tenders for the schemes would soon be floated after competing the formalities.