Slum Dwellers

  • LS polls: Evicted slum dwellers in Kolkata threaten to exercise NOTA option April 21, 2014

    More than 300 families, who were evicted from a slum in the city's eastern part to make way for an upcoming flyover, have threatened to use the NOTA option in the Lok Sabha election if they are not rehabilitated by the state government. Almost all of the 383 families, who lived...
  • CJ Kiran, a first time voter demands basic sanitation facilities in a Delhi slum April 25, 2014

    Kiran is a young voter who lives in a slum in the national capital. Her locality lacks some of the basic amenities of life including the lack of safe and clean toilet. She picks up the CJ mike to demand her right as she gets ready to vote for the...
  • Odisha: Cyclone-hit slum dwellers celebrate Diwali with solar lights November 3, 2013

    Berhampur (Odisha): Deprieved of electricity since cyclone Phailin hit Odisha about three weeks ago, slum dwellers of this coastal town in the worst-hit Ganjam district are celebrating Diwali with solar lights. Bernard van Leer Foundation, a Netherland-based NGO in association with a local organisation, had distributed relief kits to the slum...
  • 90,000 houses allotted to slum dwellers in 2 years in Modi's Gujarat October 21, 2013

    Vadodara: Ninty thousand houses have been allotted to slum dwellers here in two years, Gujarat Urban Development Minister Anandiben Patel on Sunday. The houses, which are constructed on private land, government land and land acquired under the Urban Land Ceiling Act, have all facilities, the minister said while laying the...
  • Manmohan Singh to hand over Chandigarh flats to slum dwellers September 14, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Chandigarh Saturday to hand over keys to newly-constructed one-room flats to slum dwellers. The prime minister will hand over keys to beneficiaries at Dhanas area of the union territory under the city's slum rehabilitation scheme. Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia, Punjab Chief Minister...
  • Mumbai: Around 32 hills with 10,000 slums dangerously balanced on slopes July 7, 2013

    Mumbai: The Uttarakhand disaster has brought dangerous hilly areas into focus. Mumbai itself has around 32 hills with many slums dangerously balanced on its slopes. The RTI information showed that though the state has marked around 10,000 of these slum dwellings too unsafe, many continue to live in danger. On July...
  • Delhi: BJP holds protest outside CM's residence April 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Scores of BJP activists led by Delhi state President Vijay Goel on Friday courted arrest during a protest outside Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence in New Delhi against government's alleged failure to provide houses to four lakh slum dwellers. The activists broke the barricade and reached right in...
  • Odisha: Slum dwellers dig up, eat rotten grain August 12, 2012

    Cuttack: Absolute, ravaging hunger has driven slum dwellers in Odisha to dig up wasted food grain by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and eat it for their survival. The 1,206 bags of PDS rice belonging to the FCI were supposed to feed empty stomachs. Instead, they lay rotting in...
  • Delhi government allots flats to 500 slum dwellers July 19, 2012

    New Delhi: A total of 500 slum dwellers living in eight clusters across the city were on Wednesday allotted flats by the Delhi government under a central government urbanisation programme. "It is a nice beginning in the direction of providing well developed flats to large number of JJ (jhuggi-jhompri or shacks)...
  • Beware of living close to Mumbai airport July 10, 2012

    Mumbai: Living near the airport may be the most cherished dream of a frequent flyer, but for others the constant tumult, traffic jams etc are annoyances they can do without. And then there’s the unexpected. “It was 2.50 am. I was smoking at the main entrance of my house. A...
  • Delhi land scam: Charges to be framed against 10 May 6, 2012

    New Delhi: A CBI special court has decided to frame charges against 10 accused, including ex-officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), for alleged lapses in the allotment of plots as part of the resettlement of slum dwellers. The accused were allegedly involved in allotment of plots in fictitious names...
  • Bengal professor Partha Roy released on bail April 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Internationally acclaimed scientist Partha Sarathi Roy, who was arrested along with six others "while participating in a peaceful protest against the eviction of slum dwellers of Nonandanga area (in east Kolkata)" on April 12, was on Tuesday released on bail. The six other activists, however, were not granted bail. Roy...
  • Real Hero Vijay's 'slum soccer' transforms lives February 21, 2012

    Nagpur: A sports teacher in Nagpur has been giving hope to slum dwellers. Vijay Barse has given young runaways and former drug addicts a new identity by setting up slum soccer. Shehnaz would have been burning the stove and her dreams, cooking a meal for her family, in her tiny house....
  • Mumbai: no desi daru, only whisky for votes February 13, 2012

    Mumbai: There is a paradigm shift in the voter market. Bartering votes in city slums for locally made alcohol just won't do any more. For the dweller of the urban shanty, being courted by the corporate-types moving in to 'tap the bottom of the pyramid', has undergone a refinement of...
  • India Positive: Stories of unsung heroes December 5, 2011

    On this show, stories of unsung heroes who rise up despite their own challenges and inspire. ...
  • Medha fast: Chavan's call fails to break the ice May 27, 2011

    Mumbai: Social activist Medha Patkar's fast over Maharashtra government's decision to hand over 140 acres of land to a private builder entered eighth day on Friday, even as Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan called her on Thursday night over the issue. Patkar has been demanding the removal of clause 3K, which allows...
  • Patkar-Gaikwad meet over slum land inconclusive May 26, 2011

    Mumbai: Social activist Medha Patkar has been on a fast for the last seven days in Golibar, Mumbai, to protest against the government's decision to hand over 140 acres of land to a private builder. Patkar has been demanding the removal of clause 3K which allows the government to take...
  • August Vogue: Creative or poking fun at the poor? September 12, 2008

    Mumbai: Images in the August issue of Vogue magazine have caused an uproar of sorts because the people modelling for a Fendi bib worth $100, a Burberry umbrella costing $200 and an Hermès Birkin bag worth more than $10,000 are the annonymous middle class of Jodhpur with no access to...
  • Water woes: slum dwellers oppose prepaid water meters December 8, 2007

    Mumbai: Mumbai slum dwellers on Saturday opposed the Bombay Municipal Corporation’s proposal to implement prepaid water meters all across Mumbai slums in a bid to reduce water theft. The slum inhabitants fear that prepaid meters will increase water charges. “We get water for four hours per day anyway. They are planning to...