December 16, 2012 1:39am CST
In the past 20 years all vacant space in my city is now under the illegal possession of the so called ‘Slum dwellers’; the politicians and their agent are behind them; they use them to get votes and rule this country for years together. T[b]hey (the government) give them rice, sugar, kerosene at much reduced price; free home, free electricity, now they will get free mobile phone and laptop!!!!! So it is us the tax payer pay for those benefits indirectly. [/b] Few days ago I had been to such a colony where our maid servant lives; I discovered that; the average slum dwelling is a temporary shelter measuring 6 x 5 feet. Many of them houses around 6 – 8 people and is built using whatever is to hand , like mud, reeds, plastic sheeting, stitched cloth, cardboard and other discarded materials. The slum dwellers are constantly exposed to stagnant water, open drains, floods, rubbish, and noise and air pollution. Access to clean, safe water is extremely limited. The narrow lanes separating slum dwellings allow fire to spread with terrifying speed, as well as disease. The painful thing is that, one day those will be demolished by the real owner; who is none else than the corrupted leader or his/her agent; these poor people will go to some other place and live as slum dwellers again. D[b]o you have such slum dwellers in your place? Are they not exploited? Are the leaders not sucking us; the tax payers indirectly by giving them rice, sugar, kerosene at much reduced price; free home, free electricity, now they will get free mobile phone and laptop. Please share your views and comments on this.[/b] Thanks in advance; have a nice Sunday. Kalyani December 16- 2012. [/i][i]
• United States
18 Dec 12
In our area, people that live in situations such as what you have described here would be considered to be homeless individuals. The slums in our area might not be quite as bad as what you've described here, but they are still not situations that you would really want to live in. The government housing is something that is generally crowded together and individuals that live there are victims of crime much more often than those of us that live in our own housing.
17 Dec 12
Slum dwellers in my country are called Informal Settlers... before they were know as Squatters... they are also a problem... they build houses along river banks and drainage systems that when the rain comes... large areas in the city becomes flooded... measures are taken to give them proper homes which are very affordable... but they do not want to live there because of the remote location... some would take the house but sell the rights after a few months... then they go back to being informal settlers... I really pity them... especially the children... but what can I do... most of them chose to be where they are now...
16 Dec 12
Thanks a ton for sharing this discussion. Well that is so pathetic to know about the condition of the slum area and its inhabitants. i cannot believe how they must be spending each second of their lives over there but i know they must have accepted the condition as it is. I do not know whom to blame but they should not be made soft targets by the politicians as they come into their minds only during the election period. I think it would be better if i do not discuss about the slum condition of Bhubaneswar otherwise it would be a never ending discussion. he he he. What say?