Despite the critical importance of adequate housing—both as a means of prevention and for recovery—in dealing with pandemics like COVID-19, the Indian government has not paid attention to reducing the incidence of homelessness or to improving the quality of housing of the urban and rural poor during the pandemic or in its recovery plans.

The Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 14/08/2020.

The case related to the authority of the "Monitoring Committee to seal the residential premises on the private land” particularly when they are not being used for the “commercial purpose” in Delhi. Report No.149 dated April 2, 2019 submitted by the Monitoring Committee concerned specific unauthorized constructions allegedly carried out in the Vasant Kunj and Rajokari area. These constructions were not on public land. The respective persons owned the land.

Several important reforms have already been enacted to realize this goal in the first year of Modi 2.0 Government. A massive cut in corporate taxes making India one of the most competitive economies in the world, big disinvestment announcements, Labour Code reforms, Public Sector Banks consolidation and continued success of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code are just some of the path-breaking reforms undertaken by the government since May 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been voted back to power with an enhanced mandate in the General Elections held in April-May 2019.

The Government has taken steps under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) [PMAY(U)], by providing central assistance to States/ Union Territories (UTs),for addressing the housing requirement of the slum dwellers and other people belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)through three components of the scheme viz. “In-situ” Slum Redevelopment (ISSR), Affordable Housing in Partnership with public or private sector (AHP) and Beneficiary-led individual house construction/enhancements (BLC).

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Aditya Jakhar Vs State of Haryana dated 14/02/2020 regarding allegation of disposal of untreated sewage in open by Sare Homes Society at Gurgaon, Haryana, causing health hazard in the area.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vijay Kumar Chugh Vs M/s. Magic Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd. & Others dated 03/07/2019 regarding violation of conditions of Environmental Clearance by M/s Magic Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Godrej Projects Development Pvt. Ltd, the project proponents in setting up of a housing project at Gurugram.

National Urban Policy Framework (NUPF) outlines an integrated and coherent approach towards the future of urban planning in India. The NUPF is structured along two lines. Firstly, at the NUPF’s core lie ten sutras or philosophical principles. Secondly, the ten sutras are applied to ten functional areas of urban space and management.

The State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018 presents the first comprehensive assessment of Sri Lanka’s recent urban development. The Report is a key output of the State of Sri Lankan Cities Project.

Judgement of the High Court of Delhi in the matter of Mukesh Kumar Vs Ranbir Singh, Commissioner East Delhi Municipal Corporation dated 17/04/2018. The issue relates to regularization of the West Jyoti Nagar Colony, Shahdara, Delhi which was an unauthorized colony. It was stated that in the regularization plan of the colony community facility projects were earmarked and the land earmarked for community facility projects has been converted into illegal and unauthorized residential complexes.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Susme Builders Pvt. Ltd. Vs Chief Executive Officer, Slum Rehabilitation Authority & Others dated 04/01/2018 regarding rehabilitation of 800 slum dwellers in proper accommodation, Santacruz (East), Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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