Civil Society Members in Bihar urged for Child friendly cities in Bihar
Patna: Civil Society Members of Bihar and the Humara Bachpan, the national campaign working on the urban children’s issue have urged for child friendly cities in the state. Addresing the media during a state level consultation on living conditions of young children growing up in slums of Bihar, Ms Preeti Prada, the National Co-ordinator of Humara Bachpan told to media that in many of the Indian cities children are staying in poor living conditions and being treated as city’s step child. This consultation united all the civil society members working on urban children’s issue to raise voice for Child friendly cities in Bihar.
According to Slums of India census 2011 in Bihar, 76,375 households are in good condition, 88,396 households are in liveable condition and 18,215 houses are in dilapidated condition and 89,571 households are not having latrine facilities within the premises.(The Census of India, 2001 and the Fifty Eighth round of the National Sample Survey for the first time have provided detailed information on condition of housing stock i.e. good, livable and dilapidated, and overcrowding/congestion). The Support Programme for Urban Reforms in Bihar (SPUR) survey in 2010 recorded that the slum population in Patna is 108 slums with 16227 households. They have poor infrastructure with very few having toilet facilities. The public stand posts being the main water supply sources.
As per the estimates of Census of India 2001, only 0.25 percent of the total population resides in the slums of Patna, but to its contrary, City Development Plan, CDP of Patna which was prepared in July 2006 estimates that 63.5 percent of Patna’s population resides in slums which are identified for up gradation, reconstruction or resettlement . These are largely identified slum pockets comprising of urbanized villages.
More than 25 organisations from Patna, Bhagalpur and other cities of Bihar had joined hands together and with Humara Bachpan Campaign during this one day state level consultation. They all agreed to advocate to make cities of Bihar more child friendly. With the proper implementation of centrally sponsored schemes like JnNURM and RAY, and having provisions for child friendly infrastructure within it, major cities can be safer and healthier place for all young children to live in.