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Kolkata to get first model slum

kolkata Updated: Sep 09, 2013 10:19 IST
Sandip Chowdhury

Hatgachia slum, located off EM Bypass near ITC Sonar, Silver Spring and Milan Mela, is all set to get a facelift.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities have initiated steps to develop this slum that dots the adjacent posh locality.

Hatgachia is one of the largest slums in Kolkata, which spreads over 40,000 square metre area and houses 11,500 people.

“A detailed project report on developing Hatgachia as the first ‘model’ slum with an estimated cost of ` 3.75 crore has been submitted to urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim for his approval and funding,” Swapan Samaddar, member, mayor-incouncil (bustee development) told HT.

If the plan gets a go-ahead, the slum would have proper drinking water facilities, sewerage and drainage system, roads, toilets and housing for all.

DPR for transfor ming Hatgachia as a model slum proposes improvement of sewerage system of 22.54 km, construction of new bituminus road (main road) of 3.5 km, construction of decorative kerb channel of 33 km, laying of paver block on the pavements of 32.57 sq.km, construction of concrete pathway of 6.7 sq.km, construction of a two-storied community hall of 1,200 sq.ft per floor, construction of 100 units of sanitary latrines, repairing and upgrade of a KMC primary school building, construction of pedestrian railings along the pavements of 3.3 km, healthcare centre, etc.

According to engineers, the DPR also includes development of a park, lighting condition and power supply.

“During monsoon, Hatgachia slum goes under water as the adjacent posh neighbourhood pumps out water towards the slum area, which is low land. We have decided to develop the land so that the problem of waterlogging could be tackled,” a senior KMC engineer said.

Many in the civic headquarters are considering this initiative as the first step towards transforming Kolkata into a ‘slum free’ city, as mayor Sovan Chatterjee had promised.

According to sources, immediately after local councillor from Trinamool Congress Sambhunath Kow got arrested, Samaddar had been given additional charge to look after Kow’s ward.