Staff Reporter

Hyderabad and the port city selected for the implementation of the Rajiv Awas Yojana

The slums will be developed in situ

Visakhapatnam has a total of 735 slums

VISAKHAPATNAM: Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam are the two cities from the State that figure among the 30 selected for the implementation the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), a housing scheme aimed at hut-less cities.

The slums will be developed in situ and funds will be allocated for development of infrastructure. The model of the housing unit and funding has not been finalised, according to Municipal Commissioner V.N. Vishnu who participated in a meeting organised to discuss draft policy guidelines at Udaipur last week.

The RAY plans to make these cities hut-less in five years by developing houses in ‘G+3’ model for dwellers in slums where they are living now. Visakhapatnam has a total of 735 slums. The new housing scheme should be integrated with the city development plan already prepared by GVMC.

Mr. Vishnu told reporters on Monday that for the new scheme the implementation of which will begin in the next financial year capacity building and training should be completed by March. He is of the view that GVMC is in an advantageous position to benefit from the scheme. For the implementation of INDIRAMMA (Urban) housing scheme in three phases surveys have been carried out and work on Geographic Information System has already been launched. Hence GVMC has a database ready. Mr. Vishnu presented the details at the meeting and expressed readiness to implement the scheme.

The Commissioner who presented a paper on “Building Green Cities-Leading in best practices by GVMC” at a JNNURM meeting at Ahmedabad said that Visakhapatnam had 42.2 per cent of greenery in its area and together with 8 per cent of water bodies it came to 50 per cent, higher than any other city.

BRTS

Ahmedabad has already launched the Bus Rapid Transit System by developing the existing roads and running 74 buses.

While Ahmedabad has been meeting its 30 per cent share in the JNNURM largely from Octroi, a local tax, Mr. Vishnu is confident that in the next few years once its supply position improved, GVMC would get money from bulk water supply. In Ahmedabad, instead of acquiring land, transferable development rights are given with owners sharing a part of the space developed.

Land issues

Mr. Vishnu said he would have meet the ENC Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Anup Singh and DRM D. Kamilla to sort out the issues of Defence and Railway land on the BRTS corridors. Besides, a detailed project report (DPR) for the third corridor from Adavivaram to Gosala was being sent for approval to complete a circular road.