DNA India: NGO comes up with unique slum atlas, Jan 19, 2011

NGO comes up with unique slum atlas

Mashal's survey will help PMC, experts to formulate policies and plan projects on slum rehabilitation with better precision.Ashish Jadhav


A city-based NGO, Maharashtra Social Housing and Action League (Mashal), has come up with a unique slum atlas depicting 477 slums spread over 14 regional ward offices of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The creation the 450-page atlas would enable the civic body to formulate policies and plan projects regarding slum rehabilitation in the city with greater precision.

The project, which took three years for the NGO to complete, was jointly taken up by the PMC, the developers of the city and the CHF International, a social organisation working for positive changes for low and moderate income groups.

On Tuesday, Mashal presented copies of the atlas to these three stake holders. The executive director of Mashal, Sharad Mahajan, has asked the stakeholders for suggestions in the atlas.

Speaking to DNA Mahajan said that the atlas contains information and maps of all the identified slums spread across the city and have information about the area of slum, number of houses and population.

"Many a times, the policy makers need information about slums. So this atlas will surely help the PMC, Slum Rehabilitation Authority, registered developers, architects, elected representatives, political parties, NGOs and researchers," Mahajan explained.

According to details garnered by the NGO while preparing the atlas, there are a total of 1.57 lakh households in 477 identified slum pockets covering 2.34% of the total land in the city. Of the city's population of 44.44 lakh, more than 17.50 lakh reside in slums.


The survey by Mashal also revealed that there is a constant increase in slum population since 1951. Prior to the Panshet dam calamity — several parts of the city were partially submerged in 1961 — a little over 92,000 slums existed in the city. The city's population was more than five lakh.

But in 1971 the number of slum dwellers shot up to 2,39,701 out of the total population of 8,56,105. The survey also stated that maximum number of slums are under the Bhavani Peth and Dhole Patil Road regional ward offices. Both have 62 slums each at present.

Hadapsar and Sangamwadi regional ward offices have 56 and 53 slum pockets respectively. Approximately 8,505 structures are located on the hill slopes of Parvati; 4,043 on Varje hill and 4,000 on Sutardara hill slope in Kothrud.

There is a total of 23,542 structures located on hills or hill slopes in the city.(From left) Mashal vice-president Mukund Ghare, CHF International manager Jigisha Mhaskar, Dnyaneshwar Mulik, SRA additional CEO Sanjay Kolte and Mashal executive director Sharad Mahajan at a meeting held in the city on slum atlas — Sanket Deshpande DNA


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