Panchkula To Be Freed Of Its Slums: Haryana Urban Development Body Approves Plan, To Build 9,000 Flats Representative Image (Kalpak Pathak/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) is gearing up to remove four major slum settlements located in different parts of Panchkula city, replacing the ramshackle colonies with 9,000 proper flats for the slum inhabitants in Sector 20 and 28, reports The Tribune.

The HSVP Administrator has granted approval for the plan, and work will commence within the next six months. Survey has already been conducted over the last few years in Indira Colony, Rajeev Colony and Kharag Mangoli, with just Gandhi Colony remaining.

The slum dwellers who have been domiciled in the settlements since 2009 have been included in the project.

The urban development body will construct new ‘Ashiana flats’ for them on 18 acres of land in Sector 28, and 332 acres in Sector 20, the latter land being awarded to HSVP after a court battle.

The new project means that the HSVP will gain control over prime land in the centre of the city, which will be auctioned off in the form of plots after the demolition work is complete.

Via Rajeev Colony and Indira Colony, the HSVP will be able to reclaim 45 acres of land, and another 75 acres and 19 acres at Kharag Mangoli and Gandhi Colony respectively.

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