Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Elections2019 Freedom

14 Political parties, 150 organisations sign charter for ‘liveable cities, not smart cities’

04 Apr 2019

Civil societies have prepared a charter of demands in which urban livelihood issues like housing, jobs, migration, sanitation, safe drinking water, mobility and sustainability is one of the demands.




Urban issues such as these are not considered political and not spoke of by many political parties which is why a group of people from different parts of the country including 150 civil society organizations, activists, scholars, urban workers’ collective got together and presented their charter of demands for Inclusive and Just urban development to active political parties.

The citizen’s charter has been already been endorsed by14 parties including INC, CPI (M), TDP, NCP, RJD, AAP, TMC, NC, DMK and CPI to name a few.

Evita Das, Independent Urban researcher, who has also contributed to the preparation of the charter, told TwoCircles.net, All the 12 demands mentioned in the charter of demands are very important to have a just, inclusive livable city.”

“But the highlights would be ‘Right to housing and land title for slums’ which is to provide land titles to the slum dwellers to protect their interests.” She added.
 
More than 30% of India’s population in cities lives in slums that are bereft of basic amenities. And in contrast they are occupying only 5% of the land but still referred to as land encroachers.

The other 2 highlights in the charter of demands are the zero-eviction policy. The cut-off dates set up the regressive Government policies to determine the legal status of the settlements should go. These policies drive the poor to the outskirts of the city rendering them homeless furthering marginalizing the poor.

The other main demand is the implementation of the 74th Constitutional amendment Act (CAA) that confers autonomy to the Urban Local Bodies (ULB). The Urban local bodies should be capacitated with funds and staff so that urban planning is localized and there is transparency.

The charter also demands allocation of gender budgeting to address the lack of representation from Dalit Bahujan women. And protection of informal workers who have migrated to cities through social security schemes such as healthcare, maternity benefits and pensions should be extended to the migrant workers as well who form part of the urban populace.

Evita Das says, “Smart Cities or the SPV model has worked against the urban poor. The SPV (Special purpose Vehicle) model aimed at creating smart cities has bypassed the 74 CAA ignoring the local bodies. We are demanding that ULB’s should be at the helm of the development planning and the SPV model should go”.

The SPV and ULB are supposed to have 50:50 equity shareholdings but it has not happened.

Through this charter of demands the urban poor and the 2 lakh individuals who have drawn the demands are promoting a gender just inclusive society with sustainable growth thus giving Indian cities a new design that makes them both liveable and smart.

Courtesy: Two Circle

14 Political parties, 150 organisations sign charter for ‘liveable cities, not smart cities’

Civil societies have prepared a charter of demands in which urban livelihood issues like housing, jobs, migration, sanitation, safe drinking water, mobility and sustainability is one of the demands.




Urban issues such as these are not considered political and not spoke of by many political parties which is why a group of people from different parts of the country including 150 civil society organizations, activists, scholars, urban workers’ collective got together and presented their charter of demands for Inclusive and Just urban development to active political parties.

The citizen’s charter has been already been endorsed by14 parties including INC, CPI (M), TDP, NCP, RJD, AAP, TMC, NC, DMK and CPI to name a few.

Evita Das, Independent Urban researcher, who has also contributed to the preparation of the charter, told TwoCircles.net, All the 12 demands mentioned in the charter of demands are very important to have a just, inclusive livable city.”

“But the highlights would be ‘Right to housing and land title for slums’ which is to provide land titles to the slum dwellers to protect their interests.” She added.
 
More than 30% of India’s population in cities lives in slums that are bereft of basic amenities. And in contrast they are occupying only 5% of the land but still referred to as land encroachers.

The other 2 highlights in the charter of demands are the zero-eviction policy. The cut-off dates set up the regressive Government policies to determine the legal status of the settlements should go. These policies drive the poor to the outskirts of the city rendering them homeless furthering marginalizing the poor.

The other main demand is the implementation of the 74th Constitutional amendment Act (CAA) that confers autonomy to the Urban Local Bodies (ULB). The Urban local bodies should be capacitated with funds and staff so that urban planning is localized and there is transparency.

The charter also demands allocation of gender budgeting to address the lack of representation from Dalit Bahujan women. And protection of informal workers who have migrated to cities through social security schemes such as healthcare, maternity benefits and pensions should be extended to the migrant workers as well who form part of the urban populace.

Evita Das says, “Smart Cities or the SPV model has worked against the urban poor. The SPV (Special purpose Vehicle) model aimed at creating smart cities has bypassed the 74 CAA ignoring the local bodies. We are demanding that ULB’s should be at the helm of the development planning and the SPV model should go”.

The SPV and ULB are supposed to have 50:50 equity shareholdings but it has not happened.

Through this charter of demands the urban poor and the 2 lakh individuals who have drawn the demands are promoting a gender just inclusive society with sustainable growth thus giving Indian cities a new design that makes them both liveable and smart.

Courtesy: Two Circle

Related Articles

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives