List of rehab sites expanded
THE LIST of prospective rehabilitation sites for persons to be displaced by the pre-monsoon nullah cleaning campaign is swelling much like the drains themselves do in rain.india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 00:25 IST
THE LIST of prospective rehabilitation sites for persons to be displaced by the pre-monsoon nullah cleaning campaign is swelling much like the drains themselves do in rain.
Initially, the district administration had proposed that the 1,622 affected families be rehabilitated at low cost houses built by the Indore Development Authority under the Valmiki Ambedkar Awaas Yojana (VAMBAY).
Now, however, the list has been expanded to include Nazul lands at Ahirkhedi, Khajrana, Sirpur and Chhota Bangarda as well as dwelling units for economically weaker sections being built by IDA at Scheme Nos 140 and 103.
According to district administration sources the decision to broadbase rehabilitations sites came after Collector Vivek Aggarwal’s tour of affected areas yesterday.
The first batch of displaced persons will, however, be settled at the VAMBAY units as originally envisaged. During the tour Aggarwal asserted that relocation sites must boast all civic amenities including running water and electricity.
He added that care be taken to ensure that the displaced persons were relocated as near to their current residence as possible so as to cause minimum disruption.
“Instead of rehabilitating all the affected families at one place it makes more sense to relocate them in various parts of the City,” said an official speaking on condition of anonymity.
The IDA, for instance, has constructed dwelling units for economically weaker sections (EWS) at many places, he pointed out. The houses, which boast a large hall, a toilet and a bathroom would be perfect for rehabilitation purposes, the source added.
Fourteen hundred such houses are ready for occupation in Scheme 103 alone, revealed the official. “The ousted families can be moved in as long as existence of lowest common civic denominators like roads, electricity and drainage is ascertained,” he added.
As most of these people eke out a living peddling wares or as daily wage labourers banishing them to an area far from the City centre would threaten their very livelihood, he pointed out.
Returning wall to be built
THE IMC Health Department has approved a proposal to build Rs 15 lakh returning wall on the nullah flowing between Rustam ka Bagicha and Qazi ki Chhal areas of ward 31 as part of the City-wide nullah cleaning programme.
The wall is aimed at preventing the flooding of houses in the low-lying localities during monsoons as had been happening during the last few years.