Housing projects for slum dwellers

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is presently working on three apartment projects with an aim to provide better living conditions to slum dwellers in three areas of the city, including the project taken up near Mayer Bari at Bagbazar.Mayor Firhad Hakim will hand over the keys and agreement letters on Tuesday for the shifting of 35 families to their respective apartments adjacent to Mayer Bari whose construction has already been completed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The apartment project near Mayer Bari is going on in full swing. There will be a total 300 flats which will be built in phases. The construction of the first block with 35 flats is complete. There will be a total of 15 such blocks. We have set a time frame of six months for completing each phase with 35 flats,” a senior official of KMC said. The other two projects in the southern part of the city are being executed in Behala and the Town Planning and Town Development (TP& TD) unit of KMC is executing the project. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The construction work for 120 units for slum dwellers Shanti Sangha in Behala (ward 131) is on. There will be a total 40 apartments in three blocks. The roof welding work of the third floor for the first block is now being carried out while the piling work of the second block is over,” a senior official of TP & TD said. The official said the tender for the third project, which will come up in 132 ward on Behala’s Upen Banerjee Road, has already been floated. The project will accommodate residents of Sakal Deo Singh slum. “There will be three blocks and the total number of flats will be 90,” he added. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerje has made elaborate plans to develop Heritage Tourism, including a complete renovation of Mayer Bari in Bagbazar. The KMC with the funds allocated by the state government will come up with a vocational training centre and a children’s park after relocating the slum. The stretch around the heritage building will also be beautified and decked up with illuminative lights to give it a majestic look. Ramakrishna Paramhansha’s wife Sarada Devi had lived at the two-storey house off Bagbazar Street known as Mayer Bari for 11 years (1909-1920). Hundreds of devotees and tourists from India and abroad throng the building every day. It may be recalled that over a decade ago, the first venture to rehabilitate slum dwellers of Rambagan bustee was carried out making this project a model for development agencies to follow.last_img

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