RAY of hope for slum dwellers

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

BHUBANESWAR: Faced with opposition from slum dwellers to implement Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) housing project, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has selected volunteers among the slum dwellers to spread awareness among them about the project. This is being done to expedite the project, said an official.

Sources said 797 out of 884 selected volunteers have been trained to spread awareness among the slum dwellers. “The slum dwellers have misconception about the project. They think that they will be evicted from the place where they are dwelling now. So we engaged an NGO to instil confidence among the slum dwellers by roping in volunteers,” said RAY project officer Srimanta Mishra.

The city has 436 slums and volunteers’ groups have been formed in 412. During the survey, about 70, 000 households were identified to be provided houses under RAY. “As of now we have completed survey works in about 408 slums,” said a BMC official. In May, the civic body roped in a Hyderabad-based company for demarcation of slum areas according to geographic information system survey. The company put up pillars at the slums for demarcation. The civic body will get the satellite imagery of slum areas and keep it as proof for conducting socio-economic survey, he added. “We will integrate the satellite imagery with the socio-economic survey, which include collating the data of individual slum dwellers. The data will help us offer RAY houses to the slum dwellers,” said Mishra.

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