March in Rain for Slum-dwellers’ Homes

The first SRA Scheme in Pune in the constituency of Ramesh Bagwe,

Suresh Kalmadi, MP organized huge meetings at many places so that these people should get their own 350 sq. ft. homes built free of cost, 70% people should have consent for the same and their rehabilitation should be done at the same place. Then he took out a march with more than 25000 slum-dwellers to the District Collector’s office even as it rained.

Around 40% of Pune’s population lives in slum. Suresh Kalmadi, MP organized huge meetings at many places so that these people should get their own 350 sq. ft. homes built free of cost, 70% people should have consent for the same and their rehabilitation should be done at the same place. Then he took out a march with more than 25000 slum-dwellers to the District Collector’s office even as it rained.

He was probably the only parliamentarian in the country to take out such a march for the slum-dwellers.

He got these demands approved through huge rallies and long marches and made a permanent place in the slum-dwellers’ hearts. Even before that, he emphasized on providing water in each home, two storied latrines, laying the floor tiles and providing street lights through the Pune Municipal Corporation in the designated slums. Also, he brought Rs. 350 Crores through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the rehabilitation of the slum-dwellers from hill top, hill slope, river and nallah bed as also footpath to build whooping 16,528 houses in Kondhwa, Kothrud, Warje and Lohgaon. The foundation stone for them was laid by the then Union Minister for Housing Mrs. Sailaja Kumari in December 2006 and an ambitious project took off.

Besides these, he not only followed the issue of rehabilitation of slums on railway land, forest and Defense lands, he even raised voice in the Parliament for the same.

It is because of these reasons that he is called as the true friend of slum-dwelling poor

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