Mapping slums for rehabilitation in Pune, India

Mapping slums for rehabilitation in Pune, India

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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon begin preparing a project report of slums in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad in India for the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). The GIS-based survey, which will have details of authorised and unauthorised slums in the city, will be forwarded by the SRA to the State government’s advisory committee. The State government of Maharashtra has formed the SRA to rehabilitate slum-dwellers in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur and guardian minister Ajit Pawar heads the SRA in Pune.

The slum data will be used to draw up schemes involving builders who will benefit from their participation. It will include maps of slums with boundary, survey number, location of individual hutments and names of people living in that hut. Other details about the eligibility of the slum dwellers, whether they are authorised (those before 1995) or not will figure in the report. The idea is to curb manipulation. This usually happens if the survey gives a wrong number of slum-dwellers, the area of the hutment or the beneficiaries of the SRA scheme. The PMC is getting ready for a fault-free survey.