A team of officials from the SRA and the PMC conducted a survey in Wagholi recently.
The officials said that inspections will be carried out in a phased manner in all areas merged into the PMC limits. Ashok Pawar, the local MLA, said that slum rehabilitation will be part of Wagholi’s overall development.
“We are in touch with the SRA officials and the civic administration,” Pawar said. The residents of Manjari, another village merged into the city limits, are also looking forward to rehabilitation.
Local resident Sunil Ghule said, “The PMC and the SRA should conduct a detailed survey and come up with a proper rehabilitation plan to prevent illegal encroachment by slumdwellers.”
The officials said the surveys will help prepare a list of slum pockets and probable sites to execute the rehabilitation projects.
Sanjay Tupe, a Hadapsar resident, said that the officials should initiate a process to identify slums from merged areas as “declared slums”.
Rajendra Nimbalkar, head, SRA Pune, said, “We held discussions with all stakeholders, including local gram panchayat representatives, slumdwellers and others.”
Nimbalkar said that similar surveys will be conducted in other merged areas as well. “We also want local representatives to come up with proposals,” he added.