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Squatters hold up corpn’s plan to unclog minor waterways

CHENNAI: Every monsoon season, Mambalam canal, one of the city’s major flood water carriers, overflows into the neighbouring areas of T Nagar and Kodambakkam. And flood woes are likely to continue as the Chennai Corporation’s upgradation of minor waterways, including Mambalam canal, has hit a roadblock.

The corporation identified 3,743 families squatting on the banks of channels such as Vysarpadi canal, Nandanam canal, Raj Bhavan canal and Mambalam canal but none of the encroachers have been removed as the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) does not have tenements to relocate these families.

India’s Number of Slum-Dwellers Surges as Economy Draws People to Cities

The number of Indians living in slums rose by a quarter in the last decade to 93 million people, more than the population of Germany, as a surging urban economy draws in villagers and strains city infrastructure.

As many as 93.06 million people will live in urban areas by 2011 in India, the world’s second most populous nation, a government committee set up by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation said in a report today. It estimated the country’s slum population has risen 23 percent from 75.26 million in 2001.


Delhi’s squatters, hawkers to be surveyed

New Delhi: In order to facilitate better security in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will do a survey of squatters and hawkers to monitor their activities, Mayor Kanwar Sain said on Friday.

„The corporation will start the survey, registration, preparation of bio-metric, bio-cryptic photo identity cards and creation of data base of squatters and vendors engaged in tehbazari and squatting activities,“ Sain said in a statement.

Australians who live on slumdog millionaires‘ row – and love it

MARK and Cathy Delaney don‘t need to see the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. The Brisbane couple experience slum life in India every day.

For 13 years they have lived in the shanty towns of the Indian capital, New Delhi, raising their children and sharing their lives with the locals. Their two sons, Tom, 12, and Oscar, 7, were born in India and have lived most of their lives in slums.

The family home, in a neighbourhood called Janta Mazdoor Colony, is about the size of a typical Australian bedroom. They have no running water, no TV, no fridge and no washing machine. Two mattresses, used to sleep on at night, double as a „lounge“ during the day. Meals are eaten sitting on the floor and they share with neighbours a squat toilet in a small bathroom.

Evicted street vendors to turn their ire on those still allowed at Khwairamband

IMPHAL, Oct 28: The agitating street vendors of Khwairamband market have decided to intensify their agitation by conducting a drive against the roadside vendors of Khwairamband who are still allowed to continue their business in the area by the concerned authorities.
The street vendors of Imphal’s Khwairamband market, mostly women, were driven out by the police following an order from the Imphal Municipal Council on October 6 and have been continuing various forms of agitation by calling a indefinite general strike in the Khwairamband market since then.