Gwalior: The Urban Development Department of Madhya Pradesh has formulated an ambitious plan to make the state slum-free in a decade.

The project that aims at eradicating slums from 24 cities and towns with over one lakh population, would incur a cost of Rs 10,000 crore that would be equally shared by the Union and the state government.

Urban Administration Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Babulal Gaur said, “The project was planned during the Sunder Lal Patwa government, but has been approved by the Centre after two decades.”

In the first phase, the drive would be carried out in Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Sagar and Ujjain which are home to around 1400 slums where people reside in shanties. The three lakh families residing in these slums will be shifted to houses provided by the government.

Other cities will be covered under the project in the second phase.

“After the Madhya Pradesh Day on November 1, the state will celebrate Urban Body Day on November 2.  On this day, the officials and workers of the Urban Development Department will organise an exhibition on the developmental works in the city,” Gaur added.