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The nuisance of slums: environmental law and the production of slum illegality in India

Ghertner, D. Asher (2010) The nuisance of slums: environmental law and the production of slum illegality in India. In: Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and McFarlane, Colin, (eds.) Urban Navigations: Politics, Space and the City in South Asia. Cities and the urban imperative. Routledge India, 23 - 49. ISBN 9780415617604

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Between 1998 and the present, more than one million slum dwellers in Delhi have been displaced, a period during which the pace of slum demolition has increased starkly. The combined number of slum, or jhuggi jhompri (JJ), clusters demolished by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) over the five years leading up to 2000 (1995–99) rose more than tenfold over the next five years (2000–04) (Ghertner 2005). This increase is the direct outcome of the judiciary’s expanded role in demanding slum clearance. Whereas the decision to raze a slum was previously the almost exclusive domain of Delhi’s various landowning agencies, in particular the DDA, these wings of government now have little say in determining the legal and political status of such settlements. Instead, the primary avenue through which slums are demolished today begins when an association of property owners in a locality, called a Residents Welfare Association (RWA), files a writ petition requesting the removal of a neighbouring slum, proceeds with the court’s granting of the RWA’s request, and ends when the landowning agency abides by the court’s direction.

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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 15:36
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:22

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