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Visakhapatnam civic physique to chalk out diagram for slum improvement

In a first step toward making ready a slum upgradation motion plan, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation has determined to launch a two-day survey to recognize the infrastructural matrix in slums.

The survey, which would be held on July eleven and July 12, would combination information pertaining to slum dwellers, geographical precincts of every slum, get right of entry to to services, social infrastructure, and key troubles and challenges.

As per the preliminary estimates, there are 793 slums in Vizag, along with 426 notified and 367 non-notified slums. About six lakh humans stay in these slums. The civic physique carried out an orientation programme for ward secretaries over a two-day survey on Friday. The GVMC has fashioned 793 groups for the survey.

As per the metropolis development graph organized by using the GVMC about a decade ago, the Visakhapatnam slum enchancment project, applied with £9 million supply funding from the DFID, UK throughout 1988-1996, increased the provider provision for about two lakh slum residents in the city. This slum upgrading initiative was once evaluated as a successful one inside its designated objectives. However, it solely labored in ‘notified’ slums of the city.

Later, the GVMC took up a number initiatives to enhance infrastructure and livelihood of slum dwellers below numerous authorities schemes. However, the fruits of these initiatives did now not attain everyone.

It is estimated that a majority of these slums sprang up on GVMC and authorities lands. Categorisation of some slums as ‘objectionable’ used to be primarily based on the place and land use such as: on riverbeds, low mendacity areas, drains, avenue margins, etc. Slum settlements have improved over the many years in the city. But the dwelling stipulations of the terrible have now not improved.

GVMC mayor G Hari Venkata Kumari stated the nation authorities is decided to make Vizag a slum-free city. “Based on the survey data, the GVMC would pick out each notified and non-notified slums and put together improvement plans. The non-notified slums would be accorded prison repute via a notification. The slum dwellers would be conferred with felony rights over the land. We are planning to distribute pattas thru the fingers of chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in August,” stated Venkata Kumari.

GVMC commissioner G Srijana stated civic physique workforce would go to every family in the slums and mixture data. “The GVMC is conducting the survey to absolutely trade the face of the slums. Local corporators and residential welfare associations and others must cooperate with the staff,” stated Srijana.

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