THE DARK SIDE

Clean water, fresh air, good roads are some of the essentials that every Indian citizen is entitled to. But there are many people in our country for whom these essentials are nothing less than luxury. The following video shows a small glimpse of the abysmal condition in which the less fortunate of Taimur Nagar slum area live.

According to the Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation, India houses 93.06 million  (2011 census) slum population. Their numbers are rising with no improvement in their living standard. Governments change, voices demanding more rights are raised, schemes are made, aid is given but their turmoil sees no end.

It is this irony that took us through the lanes of Taimur Nagar slum of Okhla in South Delhi. We saw how inhuman existence can be. Piles of garbage in front of houses, children playing around filth, open drainage, locked medical clinics welcomed us.

We asked few residents of the slum whether they had access to clean water, power, school and health facilities and this is what they told us.

Chief Minister Sheila Dixit’s promise that Delhi will be slum free by 2014 might bring relief to many but for the swelling numbers of slum dwellers it can be a big blow if the promised rehabilitation does not reach them. Outlook India reported about the government’s recent decision to ease housing norms for those who live in slums.

Taimur Nagar slum is one of the oldest slums in Okhla. It is located on a massive garbage   dump and is 35 years old.

With various government schemes like Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission,  Rajiv Awas Yojna, Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana and numerous other slum rehabilitation missions in place, what makes the urban poor still suffer can be a difficult question to answer especially for the authorities.

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About suryapillai1990

Final year MA Convergent Journalism student at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
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