The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has shifted over 500 slum dwellers from the heart of the city to a new locality within 48 hours, corporation officials said on Monday.
The municipal corporation will complete shifting of 1,023 families within a couple of days, the officials said.
The slum dwellers, mostly rag-pickers, had been staying in CP Shekhar Nagar under deplorable conditions since 1972. The corporation had built pucca houses for them at Bangarda in Gandhi Nagar. But, they had refused to move there citing many reasons, one of them being poor amenities and connectivity.
However, on Sunday, the corporation managed to move them to the pucca houses, officials said and added that the move was part of turning part of CP Shekhar Nagar into a garden.
The new locality is about 16 kilometres from CP Shekhar Nagar, which made the dwellers react to the move as a blow to their livelihood. However, a corporation official said, “This (the move) also gives the people a chance to start anew.”
Officials said Gandhi Nagar and Bada Ganpati were well connected by bus and said that they foresaw not much problems.
Some officials said that the amenities would be restored within a fortnight. At present, since the water connections to the apartments are non-functional, the corporation is supplying water through tankers. “The proper water supply will start within a week or two,” an official said.
The corporation had constructed low-cost houses for the slum dwellers about three years ago. But, they remained unoccupied as they required electric fittings and sanitary ware reinstallation as it most of it was stolen.
However, officials said all these things had been taken care of and those which remain would be completed in the slum dwellers’ presence.