Demolish New Delhi slums in 3 months, Supreme Court of India


240,000 people will be homeless and coexist with the virus, the Supreme Court of India to Demolish New Delhi slums in 90 days

In recent times, India has not only failed to organize the fight against the epidemic with all its strength, but has also been stunned and demonized frequently in national governance. Recently, they have set their sights on the slums of India. According to Indian media reports on September 14, the Supreme Court of India has recently issued an order to demolish 48,000 slums along the New Delhi Railway in the next three months beginning in September, in the name of building a clean railway. Affected by this, more and more slum residents will lose their place of residence completely when they are unemployed or lose their salary.


In recent years, with the development of the domestic economy, India has also begun to pay attention to infrastructure construction and urban appearance improvement. After all, as the capital of India, New Delhi bears the important task of showing the image of India to the world. 

If it continues to be "dirty, chaotic, and poor", not only will it fail to promote the development of India's tourism industry, it will also be very inconsistent with its advertised image of a "South Asian power". 

According to a report submitted by the Northern Railway Company to the Supreme Court of India, the proliferation of slums along the railway has hindered the cleanliness of the railway. 

The demolition of slums can greatly improve the operating environment of Indian railways and improve passenger experience.


Infographics on Supreme Court Demolish Order


From the perspective of imagination, the starting point of this action is still good. But the biggest problem is that India did not proceed from reality and ignored the current living conditions of slum people.

The demolishing of slums will face two major problem

 As the saying goes, "No matter how good the scriptures are, a monk with a crooked mouth will read you crooked." At present, the demolishing of slums will face two major problems. The first is where people in slums live and live.


According to statistics, there are about 240,000 people living in the slums along the New Delhi Railway. Many people have lived here for many years. Basically all their belongings are here, and the cost of moving is quite high. And under the epidemic, many people are already unemployed and it is difficult to find a place again. If the demolition starts, it means that 240,000 people will be homeless.



Collective migration of 240,000 people a large-scale population movement

Secondly, the collective migration of 240,000 people is a large-scale population movement, which can easily aggravate the spread of the new coronavirus. In July of this year, a medical institution in India conducted an experiment, and the results showed that the infection rate of the new coronavirus in India's slums exceeded 50%.

 Due to poor awareness of prevention and control, most people in slums are unwilling to be tested for the new coronavirus due to limited financial conditions. Slums and rural areas have become the most difficult areas for the prevention and control of the new crown epidemic in India, and they have also laid huge hidden dangers for the subsequent prevention and control work. In the context of the raging new crown epidemic, how to move in an orderly manner is a question that the Indian authorities should consider.


 Slum Dwellers and Court Orders in India

According to the British "Guardian" statistics, nearly 64 million people live in slums in India. The Dharavi slum in Mumbai is the world's largest slum community. The economic blockade makes them the most vulnerable group under the impact of the new crown epidemic. 

The slum problem in India has a long history and is deeply entrenched. It is not only caused by insufficient economic development, but also mixed with various issues such as gender inequality, caste system, religion, education, and health. It is a collection of contradictions.



The Indian authorities should clearly realize that slum problems and environmental problems cannot be solved in a day or two, but a long process. If you only care about your immediate interests and ignore the possibility of a major crisis, it will only lead to more serious consequences. Does India still think the domestic fire is not big enough?

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