Vijayawada

Three Vijayawada slums to get a facelift

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is going to transform three slums in the city into proper urban dwellings for the locals with basic amenities and infrastructure as part of the slum redevelopment project.

Slums of Dal Mill area, Wynchipet and Labour Colony have been selected for the project in which high rise buildings will be constructed in situ to provide housing for the residents under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and State housing schemes.

Speaking to reporters, VMC commissioner V. Prasanna Venkatesh said locals evinced interest in the project following discussions as they will be provided with flats in the same location. Minister and West MLA V. Srinivasa Rao, along with VMC officials held meetings with the residents earlier. “The civic body has prepared detailed project reports (DPRs) for construction of three, ground plus five-storey buildings in three slums which can accommodate about 700 flats,” he said. The project cost is estimated to be ₹ 44 crore for construction of the buildings and infrastructure required in the area, according to him. The buildings will be equipped with elevators.

A respectable roof over the head

The existing houses in the slums would be demolished to pave the way for construction of the multi-storied building in which each beneficiary would be given at least a 300 sq.ft. area flat.

“Apart from families living in the selected slums, more families can be accommodated in the buildings. If the government wants to build flats for only residents the project cost would come down drastically,” Mr. Venkatesh said.

“We are all set with the project draft, and once the State government focuses on housing projects this will be the first project to be grounded in the city,” he emphasised. Further details pertaining to the project like beneficiary share, civic body’s share and others would be known only after the State government announces its housing scheme.

Beneficiaries identified

On the other hand, the civic body received 96, 153 applications for housing and 56, 590 of them have been finalised after the first phase of validation.

“ A Ward Sabha programme will be conducted in all wards of the city on Thursday and objections regarding the final list of beneficiaries would be received,” the Commissioner said.

Further, Mr. Venkatesh said housing projects at Jakkampudi and Ajith Singh Nagar are most likely to be completed by the end of the year.

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