The city is undergoing a massive transformation in view of the development of new capital, Amaravati, in its vicinity.

In the wake of the growing population due to the upcoming capital city, the slum habitations on the canal bunds, hill slopes, and other hazardous pockets need attention. A team of research scholars from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Vijayawada, has taken up a European Union (EU)-funded project –Building Inclusive Communities (BInUCom) – to effectively address the issue.

BInUCom is an Erasmus Plus project that has brought three European Universities – Danube University, Austria; Lund University, Sweden; and University of Twente, Netherlands; and four Indian Universities – SPA, Vijayawada; CEPT University (Ahmedabad); Karpagam University, Coimbatore; and Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environment (KRVIA), Mumbai; to put in place an effective plan for inclusive urban communities/informal sector. 

The EU’s Erasmus combines all current schemes of education, training, youth and sport.

Members of the research team include SPA’s Head of Architecture Department S. Ramesh; HoD-Planning Mohamed Razak; associate professor in the Department of Planning Ayon Kumar Tarafdar; and assistant professor, Department of Architecture, D. Srinivas. Nagaraju Kaja is the project coordinator.