Smart Cities Mission is the most ambitious project of the Central government in which, the government has targeted to develop 100 smart cities across the country. about 20 cities have been selected in the first batch of the Smart Cities Mission to set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) with municipal corporations. Full-time CEOs, CIOs and CFOs have been appointed for this.
In the proposal of the smart city of Ahmedabad, it is said that the Government will be focusing to develop 70 hectares including 8,000 slum dwellings for smart city. It is also said that the proposal will get the facelift, the major area covers Ramapir no tekra, which is considered to be one of the largest slum areas on the western bank of Sabarmati river surrounding Sabarmati Ashram, with nearly 8,000 dwellings.
“Among the feedback and suggestions invited from city residents through various mediums to choose among these area options, Sabarmati Ashram received the maximum votes. Also, this would give us an opportunity to develop a huge park spread over 60 acre,” said AMC commissioner D Thara. The other three areas that AMC shortlisted for redevelopment included Bopal-Ambli, Kathwada and Central Business District (CBD) on Ashram Road.
Welcoming this move, slum dwellers residing in this area for decades are hoping the redevelopment also provides them other utilities too apart from offering only housing facility. The majority of them are potters, waste-paper collectors, street vendors and daily wage labourers.
“It would be good for us if this area is redeveloped and we are provided new houses,” said Shankar Parmar, 70, who relocated to Ramapir no tekra from the Eastern city parts of Shahpur in 1970s after the riots broke out in the city.
AMC officials said the redevelopment will be undertaken under the EWS housing scheme where the dwellers would be provided one to two years of transit accommodation. “The AMC has already completed nearly 3,500 units under this scheme. This slum area redevelopment will include both residential and commercial areas, with convenience shopping, community centres, schools, anganwadi and health centre,”