The Union Cabinet recently approved the state government’s proposal to give ownership rights to those living in 1,797 unauthorised colonies in the Delhi-NCT area. While usual political rhetoric by parties continues, what really lies ahead?
Evicted Kathputli Colony residents struggle with water shortage and lack sanitation in their temporary homes in Anand Parbat. As they wait for the new homes, the sordid conditions in the transit space create grave implications for the environment.
Notification of the revised Delhi land pooling policy is a welcome step, but is the government ready to implement it? Effective application would require coordination between different stakeholders and ramping up of institutional capacities and resources.