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March 8, 2013

The Right to City movement, of which Transparent Chennai is a part, staged a demonstration on Saturday September 1st demanding that the government declare slums and put an end to the policy of relocation. Official recognition for slums, called “declaration” in Tamil Nadu, happened for the last time in the city in 1985. Without official recognition, slums do not have any legal protection from eviction and cannot legally get basic services and infrastructure. After Transparent Chennai presented somefindings about the city’s slum policies and their implementation in a workshop in late July,many of the attendees of the workshop, including members of slum-based organizations, communities, students, researchers and activists, came together to form the Right to City movement. To raise awareness about the importance of declaration, the Movement decided to stage this demonstration.It was attended by over 250 people, including a number of enthusiasticstudents from the Madras School of Social Work and DG Vaishnav who are supporting the Movement. Deccan Chronicle announced the protest, and The Hindu and The New Indian Express covered the event. The Times of India reported on the stories of many slum dwellers who attended the demonstration.

March 8, 2013

Transparent Chennai, in partnership with the Unorganized Workers’ Federation, recently conducted a workshop on Slum Policies in Chennai and their Implementation, where the team presented its findings from a recently-concluded research study on the access to finance for incremental housing. … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

In contrast to recent media reports of demands to demolish public toilets in the city allegedly because they were not being used, the Times of India recently announced that the Corporation of Chennai was going to install 5000 new portable … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

Transparent Chennai’s Ward Accountability Experiment in Wards 176 (Besant Nagar) and 57 (Royapuram) involved collecting and mapping data about public toilets and garbage collection in all streets in the two wards. What the two interventions highlighted was the lack of … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

Times of India Transparent Chennai has been using its interns from Stella Maris and IIT-Madras to explore the issue of gender safety in the city. One location in the city that we were particularly interested in was bus stops, because … Continue reading

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

Our teammate Somya Sethuraman writes about Transparent Chennai’s on-going research on public toilets. The op-ed explains the lack of communication and coordination between multiple authorities for sanitation in the city. It highlights the poor quality of existing data on public … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

The past few weeks have seen a number of articles reference Transparent Chennai’s research outputs. We’ve been a little late in putting them up, but here they are! In early March, this blogpost  (with a hilarious concluding image – make … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

During Road Safety Week, the Times of India published an article based on researcher Roshan Toshniwal’s work on pedestrian infrastructure in the city, highlighting that most (52%) of the footpaths in the city do not meet the Indian Road Congress’s … Continue reading

March 8, 2013

Transparent Chennai’s research on the roles, responsibilities and the performance of all existing councilors was released as a report on 14th October, 2011, before the elections in the city. We collected data on the attendance of councilors at the monthly Council … Continue reading