Tag Archives: BSUP

Hoping against hope- BSUP/JNNURM a failed promise!

On TerraUrban (Kya Hua Tera Wada, Pro-poor governing climate ) you read about the only ‘in-situ’ slum upgradation project initiated by Raipur Municipal Corporation which still hasn’t resulted in any provision of housing for the displaced.

Read the recent article by Jyotindra Prasad traces the plight of 5000 residents of Telibandha locality in Raipur who have been uprooted from their homes about 20 months ago. These residents were promised a temporary abode till the up gradation work was to be initiated in their locality. Only 800 of these residents who originally inhabit the area around the Telibandha pond where temporarily settled in Boriakala which is 16km away from Raipur with an assurance that they will be back to the original place in a year. However construction work at Telibandha has not even began!

The situation for the 800 who were resettled is as traumatic as those who were left in lurch! RMC has stopped the services of buses, doctors, anganbadi school from this resettled area. Electricity is being charged for which the slum dwellers are unable to pay for therefore that shall also be soon cut. The slum dwellers are complaining that they have found that their names have now been excluded from the voters list and were not even counted in 2011 census.

For all this RMC quickly puts the blame on procedural issues of tenders and contractors! This is the plight of our poor under a pioneering centrally sponsored scheme of JNNURM!! What hope do we have now from the second phase of JNNURM or the complete slum eradication under Rajiv Awas Yojana

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Jaipur Slum Memoirs – Ignored rights of slum dwellers

Prakash Kumar Pathak from PRIA visited some of the slums in Jaipur where PRIA and her partners are doing extensive community strengthening programmes on urban poverty issues. Prakash took this opportunity to reflect upon the grave situations that these localities are struck with and also to reflect upon the contribution of PRIA and the partners.

J P Colony basti

In an earlier article on Terraurban, you read about JP Colony where a sewage drain runs right through the colony and the officials are not addressing the associated hygiene issues. This had prompted the residents to come together and make arrangements for basic amenities on their own. They pooled money to lay temporary water pipes running over the road surface and even connected a sewage line with the main open drain flowing along the slum.

However, local resident Rashid Khan said the on-surface water pipes were a mess and made it difficult for children and the elderly to walk in the dark. The slum locality, situated on a slope, is prone to such accidents with people falling over and injuring themselves. Naina Devi narrated the shortcomings of privately-laid sewage pipes, saying they were too small and choked frequently.

When Prakash visited the slum last week, the situation was no different. The councillor reported that since the coming year (2013-2014) is an election year, various issues of the basti are being discussed. Isn’t it interesting how development in urban poor areas is so intertwined with politics!

Another aspect that surfaced was how the community are taken for a ride because of their own ignorance and lack of knowledge, in this case while allotment of ‘tenure right’ or ‘patta’ to the slum dwellers. The community dwellers reported that they had  put in an application on a hundred rupee stamp paper along with additional fee of Rs 50 to local advocates to draft the application for them to avail the requite patta or tenure right. However PRIA and her partner informed the community that this was not required,  infact as per government orders the dwellers can file the application in plain paper with a signature or a thumb print. The ignorance and wrong information that the slum dwellers are subjected to does not permit them to avail the benefits that they do have the rights of!

The slum dwellers also informed that the applications of about 30-40% of alum dwellers have gone missing and about 60-70% have only obtained the requisite patta. Some dwellers allege that few of the community members have bribed the officials – however authenticity of the same is debatable, the municipal officials are however aware of the carelessness on their part and informed the community that they are looking into the matter.

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PRIA and her partners have introduced a community notice board in the basti. Prakash however noticed that this community board is not even visible to the community – the board is hung too high to be adequately visible! Sometimes, even obvious reflections do get missed while intervening in communities- this was a simple but good lesson for the NGO.

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Machra slum basti

The Machar basti is a rehabilated slum on Sikar road on the outskrits of Japur. Under BSUP, Jaipu Development authority had proposal for rehabilitation of 17 slums on three sites at Sikar road. The residents of Machar basti have been relocated from Vishwakarma Industrial Area, Ajmer Bypass Road where now an Anaj Mandi is proposed. However the conditions of this rehabilated slum are gruesome.

Prakash noticed that the community is housed on an un-tenable and unsafe area at the foot hills of rocky outcrops at Sikar road. The residents are now far from the city and their expenditure has increases manifold because of the travel cost. The residents are also unable to build their houses at the said location since they are unable to procure a no objection certificate that might help them in availing requisite loan. As a result, what one encounters in this rehabilitated slum instead of houses are plastic shacks! Not to miss that government did not provide any basic services either in this land before relocating these slum dwellers. To get fresh water, the residents end up paying Rs 100 each family per day.

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Rehabilitation, slum upgradation and transit camps – all are treated with no planning and concern of the needs of the poor dweller. There should have been a mandate, a evaluation, reporting of how projects under BSUP or any other scheme do not follow the correct approach towards rehabilitation of slum dwellers and giving them the rights they deserve! Machar basti and JP Colony basti are just examples of what we see every day – all around us!

5 Billion Rupees Land in prime location –‘Freed’

Shared by: Mahesh Dhandole, PRIA-Raipur

Source: Dainik Bhaskar

Slums on 50 Acre Land of Prime location will get flat by December!

Municipal Corporation has identified more than 35 such slums that shall be rehabilitated and will ‘free’ the city from its slums. The land occupied by slums costs close to the market price of Rs. 500 crore. The Government will get nearly 50 acre land in prime location of the city in this campaign. After biometric identification slum dwellers will be shifted in multi-storey flats are being under BSUP Scheme.

All matter depends on Municipal Corporation who is handling this entire campaign. If the initiative I gets into complication such as that in Telibandha Project – then the rehabilitation might face a  problem. Although the way the administration has forcefully shifted occupants that lived for years on the canal along with IAC Colony in Amrit Homes at Amledhi, expected removal of the remaining slum dwellers will not be much trouble.

Under BSUP corporation has completed more than 5000 houses. Planning is under way to shift 35 slums situated in city’s prime location in these houses. After shifting of these 35 Slums Corporation will get valuable land worth of crores. This land will be used for schemes beside public services.

The following slums are imagined to be shifted:

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Dewar Basti 40
Khalbada 520
Jyotiba Nagar 250
Adarsh Nagar 150
Bhagat Nagar 150
Banjar Para 250
Saddu 30
Daldal Sivni 20
Tulsi Nagar 5
Shiv Nagar 5
Shivahji Nagar 15
Rajiv Gandhi Nagar 350
Indrawati colony se Rajeev Nagar 245
Civil Lines Dewra Basti 30
Siddharth chowk 307
Banstal 57
Hiranagar 79
Bharatnagar 145
Gurumukh Singh Nagar 128
Kari Talab 135
Krishna Nagar 276
Sweeper Colony 126
Amitnagar 280
Sumit Nagar 120
Ishwar Nagar 250
Arjun Nagar 90
Uchla Talab 110
Rakhi Nagar 210
Nutan Rice Mill ke pas 25
Sondongri Awadhiyapara 150
Mahant Talab 200
Shivaji Nagar 200
Bhatpara 300
Kalingnagar 400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro-poor Governing Climate?!-Raipur

Recently on TerraUrban you read the story of ‘Telibandha’ Slum Rehabilitation in Raipur where the evicted still await their ‘promised homes’ under Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP-JNNURM).

Interestingly here is another news piece of 19 April in Deshbandu-Raipur wherein the Municipal Corporation promised 298 urban poor households under BSUP-JNNURM scheme. 5000 houses are already built under JNNURM-BSUP in Amledhi and Kachna in the city and now based on lottery system residents of Ravi Nagar, SCE Colony, Durga Nagar shall be the chosen one to get that now have been promised houses.

Read the following clipping from Deshbandu

 

Another incident in the governing climate of Raipur, is that on the recommendation of Professor Isabella Milbert, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva has selected Raipur mayor Dr. Kiran Mayee Nayak to participate in a public conference, a two-day private forum for Mayors focused on governance practices.

Hope the city further builds on its pro-poor climate!

Kya Hua Tera Wada….

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?