Monday, September 18, 2006

BMP survey on Bangalore slums and their woes on

BMP survey on Bangalore slums and their woes on
Deccan Herald

A comprehensive survey of the population and basic facilities in the slum pockets of the City is being undertaken by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. The assistant revenue officer-level survey which was initiated in mid-July is said to be nearing completion.

BMP sources noted that the survey will assess the infrastructure availability in slums and also identify the slum dwellers who are yet to receive ‘hakku patras’ (documents) for their dwelling units, despite being resident there for many years.

Taking stock

The number of declared and undeclared slums, the availability of water supply and electricity connections, the state of roads are among the details that are being taken stock of, sources said.

It may be noted that addressing the issue surrounding basic services for the urban poor is a sub-mission under the Jawaharlal Nehru - National Urban Renewal Mission and slums stand to gain under the programme.

As per a tentative list available with the BMP, there are 167 undeclared slums across the 15 Assembly constituencies in Bangalore; the number of declared slums is 213.

Joint ventures

It is said that in early June, during a meeting of city legislators called to discuss the projects to be taken up under JN-NURM, the legislators had discussed joint-venture projects for development of slums and also the constraints arising from intervening control by various bodies like the Bangalore Development Authority, Slum Board, BMP etc. Civic facilities like water supply, road and electricity are largely provided by the BMP irrespective of the controlling agency, and the infrastructure projects should be worked out accordingly, they are learnt to have noted.


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