Glaring Loopholes: Delhi Government’s Guidelines for Rehabilitation / Resettlement of Slum-Dwellers

If the Aam Aadmi Party government wants to keep its promise to the slum-dwellers to resettle and rehabilitate them with dignity and humaneness, then it must act quickly to plug in the various loopholes and iron out the ambiguities present in the resettlement guidelines which were issued by the previous Delhi government in 2013.

                While addressing the Delhi legislative assembly on 2 January 2014, preceding the trust vote, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal put forward a seventeen-point agenda for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. The rehabilitation and resettlement of people living in unauthorised colonies and jhuggis was one of the issues mentioned by him. He said that unless the newly elected assembly finds a solution for them, their jhuggis will not be demolished. Just like the other political parties, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has promised in-situ resettlement, i.e., residents of jhuggi jhopri clusters (JJCs) will be given plots or flats at the same site where they are currently residing. The residents would be relocated to transitory accommodation, flats would be constructed on the cleared land, and “eligible” residents would then take possession of flats allotted to them. Only if this process was not feasible, would permanent relocation be undertaken.

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The Case of Kathputli Colony: Mapping Delhi’s First In-situ Slum Rehabilitation Project

Subhadra Banda, Yashas Vaidya and David Adler

Delhi Master Plan 2021 introduced the “In-situ rehabilitation” approach to slum redevelopment, in which residents of Jhuggi Jhopdi Clusters transition to temporary housing while the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) reconstructs the settlment, and then shifts the slum-dwellers back onto the original plot and into improved housing.  Kathputli Colony, located in West Delhi’s Shadipur region, has been selected by the DDA as the site of Delhi’s first in-situ slum rehabilitation.  This paper lays out the trajectory of the Kathputli project thus far, examining the formal, legalistic framework and its relationship to the actual events documented in our research in the colony.

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Brief: Do slum dwellers have the required documentation?

S. Chandrasekhar & Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay

It is a cause for concern that overall at least 51.3 percent of households in notified slums and 52.3 percent of households in non-notified slums do not have a voter ID card. This implies that 19,83,830 households in notified slums and 10,16,407 households in non-notified slums are possibly disenfranchised.

Brief: A Temporal Comparison of Well-Being in Slums and Non-Slums in India


S. Chandrasekhar & Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay

 Urban poverty, as measured by the head count ratio has declined in India. While we find that the individuals in non slum urban areas are doing better in 2002 than in 1993, individuals in slum areas are no better off in terms of per capita consumption.

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