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Move to shift slums in Kadapa opposed

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Meet on Kadapa beautification demands basic amenities


  • Officials accused of concentrating on road widening without providing civic amenities
  • CITU wants State to accommodate poor families in vacant government lands
  • Hundred feet wide roads not needed in small habitations

    KADAPA: Leaders welcomed Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's resolve to beautify Kadapa town, but wanted steps to ensure that injustice was not meted out to poor families.

    Addressing a round table conference on `town beautification - augmentation of basic amenities' organised by Awaaz and CPI (M) town committee here, CPI (M) district Secretary B. Narayana said beautification plans should not overlook improvement of basic public amenities. Kadapa municipality had 19 slums but their number grew to 40 after upgradation into a Municipal Corporation, he said.

    Slum-dwellers were leading miserable lives due to lack of basic amenities, Mr. Narayana asserted.

    Authorities were concentrating on widening of roads without resolving acute problems of drinking water shortage, poor roads and drainage facilities, he alleged.

    Moves to shift the poor to the town outskirts in the guise of developing Kadapa would be resisted, cautioned CITU district President A. Raghunatha Reddy.

    He wanted poor families accommodated in vacant Government lands. Kadapa Town Development Committee President D. Maheswara Reddy said road widening was essential, but road width should be decided by civic representatives and officials while safeguarding interests of poor.

    Hundred feet wide roads were not needed in small habitations, he said. He demanded priority to sanitation and health care in slums, where residents were afflicted with various ailments.

    People For India Forum (PIF) leaders -- Sultan Mohiuddin and K. Suresh -- wanted reasonable road width keeping the status of residents in mind. Awaaz district General Secretary S. Magbul Basha feared vast loss to poor families due to the beautification exercise. CPI (M) town Secretary Anjaneyulu, Awaaz town Secretary Mahabub Peer and K. Manohar also took part.

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