Bhubaneswar: Nov, 19: In the capital city, it is said, “Where is the vote of the slum dwellers, there is the victory?"
Now, the state government has planned to woo the slum dwellers of the capital city that comprising about 3 lakhs.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is going to launch housing projects for slum dwellers. About 32 hundred houses have been built in two residential projects, which will be distributed to the slum dwellers.
Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) will launch the two projects on Monday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will hand over the house keys to the residents. As many as 560 houses have been built in Shantipalli Basti. Instead of Shantipalli, the name of this building has been changed to Keshari Enclave.
Similarly, the project in Chandrashekharpur aims to provide houses to 2600 slum dwellers. It has been named Budha Vihar. A total of 3000 houses are planned to be distributed to the slum dwellers.
There are 457 slums in Bhubaneswar. About 3 lakh residents are living in these slums. Now all eyes of political parties are on slum dwellers' votes.
So far, land rights certificates have been issued to 56000 homeless residents in Bhubaneswar
Now, the BJD and BJP have already started trying to bring the slum votes in their favour. The BJP has alleged that the residents are being harassed before the elections. BJP has raised the issue of corruption in the BJD government. BJP President Bhubaneswar district Babu Singh said, "When the election comes, BJD remembers slum dwellers."