Twelve per cent of Hyderabad is occupied up by 1,476 slums in which 26 per cent of the city’s population lives, GHMC commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu informed World Bank representatives on Monday. The commissioner gave the figures during a presentation about the Corporation’s development plans of the city’s slums under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and the Rajiv Awas Yojana projects. He added that the civic body had prepared an abstract plan for a slum-free city within a span of five years with an estimated cost of Rs 12,054 crore with 233,34,985 proposals.
Of the slums in the city, 297 are non-notified. The commissioner added that there are 985 slums in the core area of the city, which housed 66 per cent of the total slum populat-ion and 491 were in perip-heral areas where the rest lived. The GHMC has a total population of 68,09,970, of whom 17,36,152 live in slums, which account for 80.45 sq km of the total 625 sq km of the city, the commissioner informed.
The commissioner also explained that there were three types of structures in the slums — kuccha, semi-pucca and pucca houses. There were 40,876 kuccha buildings, 1,77,842 semi-pucca buildings and 1,87,329 pucca structures in the city’s slums. The commissioner added that GHMC was planning to relocate 16 slums from Tank Bund and other hazardous locations in order to protect the lakes from further encroachments. It would do this by constructing bunds and developing greenery around them.
Following the presentation by the commissioner, the World Bank team visited the residential colonies constructed under JNNURM at Phoolbagh (Basheerbagh), Unnikota (Musheerabad) and Chand-ranagar (Basheerbagh) and interacted with the beneficiaries.