Srinagar home to more than half of slum population in J&K

‘Summer capital alone has 77 slum pockets comprising 18,000 households’

MUKEET AKMALI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 13 2017 11:57PM | Updated Date: Sep 13 2017 11:57PM
Srinagar home to more than half of slum population in J&KFile Photo

Pointing out at lack of development in Srinagar, the draft Master Plan reveals that more than half of the state’s slum population exists in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

The draft Srinagar Master Plan– 2035, which has been put in public domain, reveals that the Srinagar district comprises 52 percent of the total slum population of the state.

“Slum population accounts for more than fifty per cent of the total population of the state and it is living in Srinagar ,” the draft report states.

“Besides slums, there are large number of informal housing clusters spread over the city and its suburb, especially along the highways which are predominantly inhabited by the service population,” it said.

The draft report suggests that the city alone has 77 slum pockets comprising 18,000 households. 

“In the DPR prepared for Srinagar city under Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY), Srinagar city has 77 slums pockets with all of them un-notified. Slums constitute less than 10% of the total population of local area. In the DPR, around 18,000 households spreading across 77 slum pockets have been identified in Srinagar city only,” it read.

The draft report blames escalating construction cost as the reason of development of slums and informal housing clusters.

“Lack of availability of serviced land, rising threshold costs of construction, regulatory issues, and access to housing finance are some of the major constraints which impact the ability of a common man to buy a house in the organised sector,” it said.

In 2011, the reported population of slum dwellers in the state was more than six lakh with 2, 62,504 identified slums.

Their population has been projected to grow by more than 12 per cent by the end of 2017.

The Master Plan however, envisages that nearly 70 per cent of the housing demand in the city shall be met through government interventions, private developers, and housing cooperatives.

“The main objective of the Master Plan is not only to meet the housing demand but also improve the quality of neighbourhoods. Development of allied housing infrastructure (utilities and services) in residential neighbourhoods is far below the standards when compared with the growth of housing. Social services, especially for the poor, women, children and elders are comprehensively missing in almost all residential neighbourhoods,” it said.