More than 1,200 people living in the low-lying slum clusters along the banks of the Kahn River will be shifted to a low-cost housing project constructed by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), an official said on Monday.
People living at Chandraprabhash Shekar Nagar, Bhagirath Pura and Kabutar Khana on the banks of the river will be shifted to low-cost houses that have been constructed for them, said IMC commissioner Manish Singh.
“The municipal corporation has constructed more than 2,200 low-cost houses in Rajiv Nagar near Bangarda and Ahir Khedi neighbourhoods, where the slum dwellers will be resettled,” he said.
The move will provide the slum dwellers a better living condition and contain the spread of waterborne diseases among the population, he added.
“People were living in unhygienic and deplorable condition with no access to drinking water and toilets and it was necessary to rehabilitate these people,” Singh said.
Earlier in the day, Singh along with district collector P Narahari toured low-lying on the banks of the river and counselled them about the IMC’s rehabilitation project and about improving their living conditions.
An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to publically discuss the matter, told Hindustan Times: “The slum dwellers are being shifted as part of the drive to remove encroachments from the Kahn River on directions of the National Green Tribunal and keeping the Simhastha festival in mind.”
People living in these slum clusters will have to pay `1.20 lakh to the corporation for shifting into the new houses built for them, he said.
The low-lying areas on the banks of the river get submerged in murky waters during winters making people prone to waterborne diseases.
The IMC and the district administration were holding discussion with banks to provide them easy loans, he added.
The NGT has recently ordered the district administration to remove encroachments from the Kahn River and restore the river to its past glory.
The resettlement move will also ease the process of widening and cleaning the river.
The district administration is under pressure to clean the Kahn River that flow into the Kshipra River near Ujjain before the Simhastha Festival in April 2016.