Slums to be surveyed for proper development
WITH A view to undertaking systematic development and upgrading of civic amenities in the slum settlements of the City, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to get a detailed survey conducted in slum areas by some professional agency. The agency would prepare a database on the present situation and requirements in these areas.india Updated: Jan 01, 2006 14:27 IST
WITH A view to undertaking systematic development and upgrading of civic amenities in the slum settlements of the City, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to get a detailed survey conducted in slum areas by some professional agency. The agency would prepare a database on the present situation and requirements in these areas.
The expanding slums in the State capital are a major concern for City planners. During the past three decades, slums have come up on government- owned open land all over the City, especially in new Bhopal areas. Besides, the government policies of patta allotment have encouraged proliferation of slum clusters.
Now, the BMC administration has planned to create a database of infrastructure, population, number of shanties and location of slum clusters. Development of such slums would be undertaken in various schemes proposed in the future.
These schemes are likely to be included in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Asian Development Bank funded schemes.
“We have invited offers from professional organisations to carry out a survey of existing slums to know exact position of such clusters. The work also includes preparation of drawing of such areas. This database would be useful in future schemes”, said a BMC engineer.
According to information, the database would also include geographical situation of such slums so that problem of water logging could also be dealt with by improving drainage system. The plan for relocation or proper settlement at the same place could also be prepared, said officials.
About five years back, Ahmedabad- based planning consultant Himanshu Parikh had carried out a study on the slums of Bhopal. This study was carried out under the Slum Networking Scheme.
Besides other submissions, Parikh had also suggested that infrastructure could be developed in the present location of slums in order to improve lives of these dwellers.
Parikh had also pleaded that the slum-dwellers should not be taken away from their workplace. Some of the slums could be relocated according to the need of planning.
BMC officials said that survey would enable the authorities to plan about the relocation or providing them better houses at the same place.