Accusing BJP of razing slums, Aam Aadmi Party on Friday promised pucca houses for slum dwellers and freehold rights to the lease holders at affordable rates, as it presented its agenda for 15 lakh residents of 45 resettlement colonies in the national capital.
Almost half of slums in India witnessed no improvement in basic amenities like washrooms, drainage, power, health, primary education and sewage during five years preceding 2012, a government survey said.
Researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, from IBM have used discarded laptop batteries to create an emergency lighting system called UrJar for street vendors and houses located in slums in Bengaluru.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited the Rangpuri Pahadi slums in the city and warned the Centre against further such move, saying "if they want to use the bulldozer again, let them drive it over my body".
Claiming that the state government is seriously addressing the problems faced by slum-dwellers in the city, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday said riverfronts will be developed along the banks of the Rispana and Bindal rivers where slums abound and shops will be allocated to poor sections.
The Delhi High Court has pulled up the Centre and city government for their "tardy and sluggish" pace of implementing steps to create awareness on the issue of sexual offences and related laws in the capital.
With an eye on the Assembly polls due next year, the Congress-NCP alliance government announced that the current residents of the slums in Mumbai, built before 1995, will be eligible for rehabilitation schemes.