COIMBATORE: Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra made a fervent call to councillors on Wednesday not to politicise the Basic Services for Urban Poor Scheme under which multi-storeyed apartments were being built for people living in slums that encroached upon water bodies in the city.
Mr. Mishra said it was a good scheme that aimed at only the benefit of the poor slum dwellers.
The living conditions in the multi-storeyed tenements would be ten times better than in the slums on the tanks, he said. These tenements would have a shopping complex and a school nearby.
The Commissioner said these during a discussion at an Urgent Meeting of the Council on increasing the outlay on building the flats at Ukkadam and Ammankulam.
The total outlay for three phases of the BSUP scheme was Rs.443 crore.
Of this, the third phase that involved the building of the apartments was estimated at Rs.184 crore.
Now, this phase required another Rs. 245 crore because of a disaster-proof construction technology being used. Therefore, the third phase itself would cost Rs.430 crore.
Mr. Mishra called upon councillors not to dwell in the past when some of them pointed at Government buildings on water bodies. Finance Committee Chairman A. Nandakumar pointed out that the Supreme Court had ordered after these constructions had come up that no dwelling should be allowed on water bodies.