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March 8, 2013

In the 1970s, Chennai’s policies towards slums emphasized government recognition and in‐situ tenement construction, and de‐emphasized slum evictions, but over the years these practices have changed. Especially since 2005, with a large infusion of funds from the central government under the JNNURM, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board has almost exclusively focused on building large-scale resettlement colonies on the outskirts of the city, which have enabled the eviction and relocation of thousands of slum families from the central city areas. The workshop hopes to create awareness about the historical laws governing slums in Chennai, the rights and entitlements of slum-dwellers under these laws, and the history of the implementation of these policies. The workshop will also discuss upcoming changes in central government policies that may have important implications for residents of slums. The workshop hopes to provide information that can help residents and slum–‐based membership organizations to formulate strategies to ensure that future central government investments in the city are beneficial for the city’s poor.

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 10 am – 2 pm
VENUE: IFMR, 24, Kothari Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034

All are welcome. Lunch will be provided.
PLEASE R.S.V.P. TO PRITI @ 89393.12906 / priti.narayan@ifmr.ac.in

March 8, 2013

On May 25, 2012, Transparent Chennai launched its newest layer: the heritage layer, with a talk by Sriram Venkatakrishnan, historian and convenor of INTACH’s Chennai chapter.  Transparent Chennai is working hard to place heritage on the map, and students from … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

Transparent Chennai’s director Nithya V. Raman recently published a piece about our work in the Journal of Community Informatics in a Special Issue entitled “Community Informatics and Open Government Data.” The piece, which draws from our experiences collecting data on … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

The Cancer Institute in association with various institutions in the city organized the first annual Youth Health Mela from February 22nd – 26th in Valluvar Kottam. They invited Transparent Chennai to put up a stall on their work on road … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

On Saturday Mach 17th, citizens who had participated in TC’s ward accountability experiment along with residents from Urur Kuppam met the Councilor Smt. Valliamal and her husband to discuss civic issues in the ward. The meeting was organized in the … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

Transparent Chennai hosted a talk by Dr. Joop de Wit during his recent visit to Chennai. Dr. Wit is a social anthropologist who has been observing the relationship between councilors and slum dwellers in Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. Dr. Joop … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

We hosted a talk by Mark Gorton, a well-known entrepreneur and outspoken advocate of walkable cities, on February 7th at the Transparent Chennai office. The event drew more than 80 people, who came from both local universities and companies to … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

Transparent Chennai director Nithya V. Raman presented on the final day of the conference in a session on E-governance. Her presentation encouraged participants to think about e-governance not just for improving government’s internal functioning, but also improving access to information … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

There is a meeting this Saturday the 11th of Feb at 5 PM on Elliots Beach (near the police booth) to discuss what residents demands to the councilor of ward 176 will be. Demands will be based on the analysis … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

How can technology help create a better city? Transparent Chennai invites you to ­hear Mark Gorton, an advocate of open data, serial entrepreneur, and founder of LimeWire and OpenPlanstalk about the future of transportation in cities and on his experiences … Continue reading