New Delhi: 24/06/2016
The recent decision of the DUSIB to transform 52 JJ slum clusters into Adarsh or ‘model’ bastis was the focus of a day long consultation that was jointly organized by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), in the capital.
@msisodia, Dy. Chief Minister, Delhi Government, addressed the gathering.
@msisodia underscored the point that people are our biggest asset and said that the Delhi Government was committed to improving the quality of life of the poorest and the most marginal communities and extended full support to the Adarsh Basti initiative of DUSIB and exhorted both DUSIB and NGOs to go beyond just improving facilities and services. “At the end of the day what people are looking for is dignity, greater certainty about the services that they are entitled to and last but not the least livelihood and skill development that meets their requirement and not something imposed from above” he emphasized.
The Consultation brought together representatives of several key institutions including; the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), DISCOMs and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) as well as donors, experts and members of civil society and community based organizations (CBOs).
Sh. S.K. Mahajan, Chief Engineer, DUSIB, while setting the context pointed out that “to develop Adarsh bastis it was imperative to bring together both civil and social engineering” because the up-gradation of a basti will require “work on both the physical and social infrastructure.”
Taking this forward, Sh. V.K. Jain, CEO, DUSIB said that, “DUSIB was committed to slum re-development and making Delhi Open Defecation Free and this will be achieved in a phased and time-bound manner with the consistent involvement of all stakeholders.” He emphasized that “DUSIB was committed to zero tolerance to corruption, zero tolerance to quality compromise, zero percent pendency and 100 % transparency”
Reinforcing this commitment, Ms. Girija Sahu, CFAR, stated that if community engagement has to be made “strong and enduring then all stakeholders, both within the government and outside, must support the capacity building of community change agents and provide communities with platforms that will enable them to learn, share and be an integral part of all processes from planning to delivery”
In their response to these commitments by senior functionaries of the government and key organizations, a host of representatives from leading NGOs and CBOs such as CFAR, Mahila Pragati Manch, CURE, Force, Habitat for Humanity, Jagori, the Institute for Human Development, National Institute for Urban Affairs made brief presentations on their vision and how they were approaching the issue of urban sanitation.
In her presentation, Ms. Renu Khosla, CURE, opined that a slum can be considered ideal or upgraded only when it is integrated with the city and has equal access to all services.”
Mr. Kundan Chauhan, CFAR meanwhile spoke of the importance of evolving community led management structures to oversee and coordinate sanitation services and cited the example of the Women’s Forum which had successfully developed a model in 18 Block Kalyanpuri, in collaboration with Mahila Pragati Manch and CFAR.
Other key presenters were Shri Vineet Gupta, Vice-President, Head, Business, BSES, Mr. Ansar Alam, Executive Engineer, North DMC and Mr. O.P. Vimal, Executive Engineer, East DMC.
Meanwhile, DUSIB has instructed all Executive Engineers to ensure that selected JJ bastis are turned into ‘model bastis’ by 30thAugust 2016. This will be done with the support of NGOs and concerned departments and involve in-situ improvement of various facilities in existing slums such as:
- Making sure that toilets are in good condition.
- Working in tandem with the Delhi Jal Board to ensure proper supply of water.
- Taking up the issue of nonfunctioning of street lights with respective DISCOM.
- Ensuring proper disposal of sewerage by connecting toilets with existing sewerage lines and if that is not possible to get it done by providing alternative arrangements.
- Taking up the issue of solid waste management with the respective Municipal Corporation.
- Repairing existing Bal Vikas Kendras and ensuring that they are being put to proper use.
- Improving Shishu Vatikas