Urban poor live in informal settlements because they cannot afford a place in the city. They work hard to buy a plot of land and sacrifice a lot to provide for their family. It is the only way they can educate their children and give them a future. No one lives in a settlement that doesn’t have tenure security out of choice.
Informal settlements are a way to deal with poverty. It is a symptom of the failure of the government to provide affordable housing to the urban poor. The residents of these settlements work as labourers, domestic help, drivers, cleaners, and other jobs, that keep the city functioning. The rich and the middle class rely on them for their lifestyles, yet no one wants to give them some space to live in the city.
Demolitions destroy the lives of the poor. It breaks all the social networks they have built over the years. It takes away their address and the home that they made with all their savings. Some lose their jobs as the location is also where the jobs are generally. Residents’ access to healthcare is lost. Children are affected the most as their education stops. The residents are further pushed into poverty. Hence demolitions just move the residents to another informal settlement. It further entrenches the problem that creates the informal settlement – lack of affordable housing, socio-economic inequality, poverty and historical injustice.
About the podcast
The podcast series brings to you stories from the ground. Each podcast focuses on a person’s journey, why they moved to Khori Gaon and how the demolition has affected them. These have been collected and curated by the residents of Khori Gaon, who are also members of Team Saathi.
Podcast 1: Anita Devi’s story,
Podcast 2: Rajni’s story
Podcast 3: Bina Raani’s story
Podcast 4: Vinod Singh’s story
Podcast 5: Gauri Vishwas’ story
Podcast 6: Rajesh’s story
Podcast 7: Hamid Ansari’s story
Podcast 8: Geeta Devi’s story