Slum Settlers In Odisha Lowest In The Country

Bhubaneswar: The number of people living in slum clusters in Odisha is the lowest in the country in terms of percentage of total population of the State.

An estimated 15.60 lakh people are having their dwelling units in unauthorized slum colonies. That accounts for 3.72% of total population in the State. It is incidentally the lowest ratio of slum settlers in the country, according to the Odisha Economic Survey, 2019-20.

While 8 lakh men are living in slums, 7.6 lakh women were found to be slum settlers. The slum colonies are also home to 1.9 lakh children, the survey pointed out.

Of the 15.60 lakh slum settlers in the State, the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack account for highest number of people (3.28 lakh) inhabiting in slum colonies.

The neighbourng Andhra Pradesh has the highest 12.04% people living in slums.