The redevelopment and beautification of the capital for the making of a "world-class city' have entailed a heavy cost in terms of slum demolitions. A survey documenting the change of land use that has taken place on the sites of demolished slum clusters highlights the emerging processes and trends. Some of its findings question the stated principle of the Delhi slum policy, namely, the removal and relocation of squatter settlements only when the land is required to implement projects in the "larger public interest'.

IMPHAL, July 6: Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has said that Imphal city would be developed as a green city under a project to be taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission, JNRUM. The Chief Minister said this while inaugurating three bridges situated across the Nambul river in the heart of Imphal city recently. With another bridge across the Imphal river at Lamlong bazar being inaugurated by the state works minister, the State capital witnessed the inauguration of four bridges in a single day.

The Centre has approved projects for development of Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur at a cost of Rs.42 crore and improvement of the Walled City area in Jaipur at a cost of Rs.29 crore. The Centre will bear 70 per cent of the cost of the lake plan under the National Lake Conservation Project.

In a rare victory to the residents, the BMC's tree authority has backtracked from hacking hundreds of trees for the Powai Lake beautification, settling to move just 30 trees in a new proposal. The authorities have also agreed to plant 300 more trees around the jogging track to make the area lush. In February, the tree authority had put notices on 150 trees that would be uprooted to lay a two km jogging track as part of the Rs 12-crore beautification project. However, after three months of incessant protests by residents, the tree authority last week reconsidered their proposal.

The Delhi government wants to ensure that people do not throw garbage in drains leading to the Yamuna river in the wake of upcoming Commonwealth Games and the river far from being cleaned. The government plans to build walls around the major drains to ensure that no solid waste and other garbage flow into the river Yamuna. More than Rs 100 crores has been earmarked for the work to cover the major drains leading to the Yamuna along with the beautification of the areas near the drains. The special adviser to Delhi government, Mr R.

Conservation of bio-diversity will be an important aspect of the new master plan formulated for Mount Abu, the only hill resort in Rajasthan, while the tribal population of the hilly terrains will be given employment and steps taken to promote eco-tourism and construct an urban "Haat' at the popular tourist destination.

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Le Corbusier Foundation, Paris, plans to put Chandigarh in UNESCO's modern heritage list. m n sharma, the first architect to work with Le Corbusier, tells savvy soumya misra about an urbanization

the stage is set for protests against the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (drp), which envisages transforming Dharavi into an integrated township without people's consent. On June 18, residents will

The issue of hawkers cooking food on the roadside has become unexpectedly prominent, not to mention confusing. Not long ago, the media carried reports that the Supreme Court had agreed with the

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