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Clean Delhi- Slum free Delhi?

Shared by Alok Pandey, Programme Manager-PRIA

Delhi comes with a clear motto – to ‘rid’ the city of its slums! As if slums were empty pockets devoid of real people in them!

When there is so much buzz about ‘participation’, ‘in-situ’ rehabilitation, flagship mission scheme of Rajiv Awas Yojana — Delhi government is allotting houses to the ‘eligible’ slum dweller .These slum dwellers are being ‘displaced’ from the upmarket areas of Khan Market (Bharti Nagar Slum), New Friends colony (Taimoor Nagar) to Bawana!

Only 40% of residents are meeting the eligibility criteria but the other 60% are also being displaced and are being left homeless to fend for themselves!

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The Delhi government has selected 1,300 families across 14 slums for allotment of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) flats. They will be relocated by the end of May.

The eligible residents will be allotted flats in the first phase of the project by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). Flats will be allotted in areas like Narela and Bawana.

The Delhi government has planned to displace all the slums in the city by 2015.

Notices have been put up in many slum areas to inform people about the scheme, so that those who may have missed earlier could avail the benefit.  Eligible slum dwellers will be given their lease letters and they will be shifted to their flats in a week’s time, after which the removal process will be carried on. On the other hand, ineligibles left homeless, will have to move out looking for shelter.

The Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) has already completed construction of 9,660 flats in Narela, Dwarka and Bhorgarh under JNNURM scheme and another 5,184 flats are likely to be completed very soon.

There are 685 slum clusters in the city, out of which 352 have come up on land owned by DDA while 333 slums have come up on land owned by Delhi government, Railways, CPWD, NDMC, MCD, Cantonment Board and CPWD.

Urban Development Minister AK Walia said Delhi government will ask DDA to remove the slums from their land and provide the residents housing while it will take care of relocation of the rest of the slum clusters.

Officials said people who have settled in a slum or a jhughi- jhopri cluster not later than March 31, 2007, will be eligible to get allotment of the low-cost houses. And they admit only 40% residents of each slum are thereby ‘eligible’ for the allotment.
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Can a slum exist in a World Class City?

Shared by Nidhi Singh nee Batra-PRIA

To protect the rights of the slum dwellers is one of the aims of ‘Rajiv Awas Yojana’, to be a ‘World Class City’ is one of the visions of Delhi. Do the two coincide? Can slums really exist in any ‘world class city’?! Apparently not!

On April 20th 2012, officials from DDA, along with a huge deployment of policeman, began the process of demolition in Gayatri Colony, near Baljeet Nagar (Anand Parbat industrial area). Earlier last year, portions of this slum cluster were demolished by the DDA. It is to be noted that no prior notification was released by the DDA about this demolition drive.

The agitated slum dwellers decided to protest outside the Chief Minister’s Office in Janpath, and bring to her immediate attention the plight of the thousands of impoverished workers and their families residing in the slum. The agitation was carried out under the banner of the Ghar Bachao Morcha, a body formed by the slum dwellers last year itself.

In a powerful memorandum submitted to Shrimati Sheila Dixit, the slum dwellers argued how the DDA was encroaching upon their right to shelter which is enshrined in the fundamental right to life [Article 21, Constitution of India].

The agitating slum dwellers also highlighted how in a city where the law pertaining to rent regulation and minimum wages are violated continuously, migrant workers have no option but to reside in the cities in the slums. With their meager incomes and faced with the problem of soaring rents in authorized colonies, they are forced to live in slum settlements like Gayatri Colony. Activists from the Ghar Bachao Morchs also highlighted that the past record of DDA’s slum-clearance clearly shows that lands from which slum dwellers are evicted are mostly used for construction of malls or high-rise residential complexes which only the rich can afford. This, they argued was most unfortunate, considering that the DDA is supposed to cater to the needs of all strata of society.

Chief Minister agreed to a second meeting on Monday, 23rd April at her residence along with DDA officials. Future of Gayatri Colony gets decided today!

Source/ read more: http://radicalnotes.com/journal/2012/04/22/update-slum-razed-near-anand-parbat-in-west-delhi/

Manoj Rai raised his concern over the Manipulating…

Manoj Rai raised his concern over the Manipulating Municipal Governance? Read below and join in the conversation!

Recently concluded MCD elections in Delhi on 15th April have thrown some interesting questions. Some of the highlights of election processes, beside usual chorus and blame games among different political parties, have been:
(i) Media was regularly raising number of issues ranging from poor development to proxy women candidates.
(ii) Other apolitical actors were also equally engaged to aware common citizens about importance of participation in voting process.
(iii) Polling percentage has increased significantly by 12-16% to record first ever 55-58% polling figure, as the initial estimates suggest.
These results are encouraging. But what worries most is between the lines of comments from State Election Commissioner Mr Rakesh Mehta. He said, “If it wasn’t for the apathy of the upper middle-class areas such as Greater Kailash, Vasant Kunj and Vasant Vihar, the voter percentage would have been even higher.” What does that mean? Does upper middle class damn care for their local governments and service from them?

Though at this stage that it can’t be conclusively claimed that in general upper middle class is apathetic to urban governance. But it cannot be out rightly rejected if we take into account experiences from other cities. So, situation could be somewhere in between. If that is the case then?

We all know that this urban upper middle class is often in the seats power, which make policies and programmes to strengthen (or weaken) urban local governance. So, what (is) would be consequence of their apathy towards municipalities. Who will strengthen capacities of municipalities to deliver development?

If upper middle class avail basic services from private service providers then the question could be who all are stakeholders in municipal services? One may also extrapolate to ask, whether only poor have expectations from public institutions: government schools/hospitals forced to degrade their services and so, reduced to cater poor and marginalized only.

We all know that upper middle class defacto controls these institutions through politico-bureaucratic means. Do then voting is the only opportunity for poor to influence at least one municipal process called election?

With so many questions, what lies in future for municipal governance?