Amraiwadi, a crime-prone area of Ahmedabad, is set for an image makeover. Each of the nearly 1200 families living in the slums of Amraiwadi will be given a one-BHK flat with good drainage and supply of drinking water. Not only that.
The children of the families living in the slums, who currently play on dirty roads, will get a landscaped garden and a school on its premises. All this will be built on an area 40,000 square yard in size.
These facilities will be made available to the Amraiwadi slum-dwellers under the state government's Slum Rehabilitation Policy. On Wednesday, the state Urban Development
Department (UDD) issued a government resolution giving the work of developing the slums of Amraiwadi to Ahmedabad-based realty firm, Safal Realty Pvt Limited, also known as HN Safal.
This is the first slum-development project to be approved by the UDD after the announcement of the Slum Rehabilitation Policy. Sources said the government resolution is an important step toward making Ahmedabad a slum-free city.
Talking about the plan, chairman of Safal Realty Pvt Limited Uday Vora and director of the company Sunil Singhi told DNA that they had received a copy of the government resolution.
"We will develop around 40,000 square yard area in Amrawadi where the slum is located. The project approved by the government includes construction of 1-BHK flats with kitchen, basic civic amenities such as supply of drinking water, good drainage line and separate toilets," said Vora.
He further said that a plot for development of a garden where children could play was also planned. "And if we get the government's permission, we will also construct a school for the slum kids," Vora said.
He said that work on the project will start as soon as they get clearance for the plan from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Apart from the project for the Amraiwadi slum that has just been approved, there are four similar proposals pending with the UDD. These proposals are for the development of slums in areas such as Rama pir no Tekro, Naranpura and Sabarmati area.
Under the Slum Rehabilitation Policy, the builder who develops a slum area can utilise the space left after constructing houses for the slum-dwellers, for commercial or other purposes. Also, the FSI will be raised for builders who develop slums under the policy. The realtors will also have the liberty to use the higher FSI for that project or for their project elsewhere in the city that is planned on an area of the same size as the slum they are developing.