On 08.07.03 there were reports of DDA\x92s approval of
in-situ (free) flats for slum dwellers a\x92la Mumbai.
The \x91Mumbai model\x92, apart from having failed in
Mumbai, is illegal in Delhi and when it was announced
in November 2002, citizens\x92 groups from Vasant Kunj
and from Narela had written to object. see
One of the \x91pilot projects\x92 now announced is in Vasant
Kunj, in disregard of two court matters and one public
notice process, besides fairly widespread citizens\x92
opinion against illegal development.

At the meeting on 05.07.03 at Narela, groups from 20
slum and resettlement areas signed a Citizens\x92 Joint
Statement for implementation of Master Plan
entitlements to housing. (see
for context. The statement itself has to be translated
from Hindi and posted). This was to make the point
that a stay on evictions is expected not till polling
day but till implementation of housing entitlements.
Clarification of basis of labeling implementation
backlog \x91encroachers\x92, accountability on
implementation failures, compensation for illegal
sub-standard resettlement, and priority in future
housing development is expected. Clarification is also
expected of the basis on which all and sundry are
proposing \x91alternatives\x92 falling short of entitlements
and disparaging the Plan to \x91justify\x92 these.

Some or all of those who signed the joint statement
and/or wrote earlier to object to the Mumbai model
might be calling a meeting or press conference in the
coming week.

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