By Deepika Pandey, Asst. Programme Officer, PRIA
Telibandha slum area in Raipur (C.G) was selected under second phase of BSUP sub-mission of JNNURM for in-situ development. On 18th April 2011 the dwellers were shifted to Boriakala from Telibandha with a promise by their Didi the Mayor of Raipur Smt.Kiran Mayi Nayak that within 1 year all of them will be shifted back to Telibandha in the BSUP apartments which will be constructed in “Monolethic cement concrete” (g+3) manner by the RMC. The slum dwellers became ready for displacement from Telibandha to Boriakala without any resistance, into the accommodation allotted to them purchased by RMC. The allotment was done through lottery system. Municipality laid this transition as an achievement and won many appreciations from the Government. Now one year has passed but Municipality has still not established even the substructure for the dwellers for bringing them back.
Patrika newspaper in Raipur has traced this story of Telibandha. It can be read at http://epaper.patrika.com/c/136186 or see the clipping below.
Is it just one of the many examples of our ‘unaccountable’ governance institutions towards the urban poor?