Govt residences to be got vacated only on providing house for house

HE Minister Mr. Gupta holds discussions with officers

gupta20.4.16Bhopal, April 20, 2016 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):  In Shivaji Nagar and Tulsi Nagar, government accommodations occupied by officers and employees will be got vacated only after providing them other houses. Government residence in lieu of government residence or rent of private houses will be paid to them by Bhopal Smart City Company Limited. After construction of new buildings, government staff will be re-allotted houses at the same places on priority. This was informed at the meeting convened by Higher and Technical Education Minister Mr. Umashankar Gupta regarding proposed Smart City. Mayor Mr. Alok Sharma was also present in the meeting.

Mr. Gupta directed for fresh survey of slums in the area and shift their residents to new houses built under JNNURM. He said that a new draft of shifting should be chalked out following discussions with public representatives. Mr. Gupta said that draft should also be published to seek suggestions from residents of concerning areas. He said that green land and open area must be in 75 percent area of proposed Smart City. There are 1850 government houses there. It was proposed to replace them with 1940 houses. The Minister directed to construct about 3000 houses. He said that draft must contain information as to how many trees will be cut and how many new trees will be grown at which places.

Commissioner Urban Development and Environment Mr. Vivek Agrawal informed that about 332 acre area from Second Bus Stop to 6 Number Bus Stop is included in Smart City Project. Its population is about 45 thousand. He informed that private buildings, non-government colonies, government schools, religious places and hospitals in the area will not be shifted. Total 9 thousand 126 new houses will be constructed in the area. For low-income group people, 1400 EWS and LIG houses are proposed and 1000 affordable houses are proposed to be constructed. Estimated expenditure on first phase of Smart City is Rs. 3440 crore while it’s proposed annual income is Rs. 6645 crore. Commissioner of Bhopal Municipal Corporation Mrs. Chhavi Bharadwaj was also present on the occasion.