More than 42 percent of state population lives in urban areas. At least 18 cities have population of more than 5 lakh. While certain pockets of a city shimmer with development most of the city and especially the extended suburbs live a shoddy life. Increasing burden of population, the unplanned spread of urban agglomerations, lack of infrastructure, lack of employment opportunities make the cities, small or big, substandard places to live. It is necessary to plan and execute infrastructure on assumptions of growth in next 50 years. Housing, civic amenities, roads, transportation, recreation, entertainment all need to be planned cohesively and not in isolation.
Disparity in the demand and supply of housing stock is an issue for each and every city. This has resulted in the unchecked increased in slums. It’s in our larger interest to create integrated cities and avoid polarization. The affordable houses should be available all over cities rather than on outskirts of cities. Rehabilitation of mill workers or of project affected people, housing schemes for wards of policemen or slum development schemes should be within cities.
100% Employment & Insurance
Today, unorganized labour occupies a significant percentage of our urban population. Ensuring guaranteed employment through scheme like EGS is necessary. Daily wage earners need to be assured of livelihood and protection in form of insurance schemes. This will help in raising the standard of living of unorganised labourers in big cities. Even senior citizens and other destitute people need to be protected with special subsistence and insurance schemes.