Bhubaneswar slum dwellers expect fireproof roofs over their heads, with the Chief Minister inaugurating three residential complexes and handing over token possession to some of them.
These three complexes are: Keshari Residency in Satya Nagar, Buddha Vihar in Chandrasekharpur and Barunei Enclave in Subudhipur.
When the Keshari Residency is built for the residents of Shantipalli , the Barunei Enclave is for residents of Tarini Basti.
Each house has a bedroom, a hall, a kitchen, and a latrine-cum-bathroom.
With election-24 knocking at the door, the scheme executives are under tremendous pressure to complete about 7,000 apartment houses in the squalid parts of the city as expeditiously as possible. There is, therefore, apprehension of compromise with the quality of construction. How the residents of the other slums who shall have to wait for such houses would react to this piecemeal allocation at the time of election, is a matter to be marked in time to come.
The scheme is being executed sans a foolproof policy.
But politics is a game that the scoundrels play.