Staff Reporter

`Poor cannot dream of owning a house'

  • Problems in implementation of welfare schemes
  • Land meant for housing sold to real estate dealers

    Hyderabad: The displacement of poor in the name of development came in for concern at a meeting held here on Tuesday. "What is their share in the development, their housing and tenurial rights?" wondered participants at an interaction organised by the Campaign for Housing and Tenurial Rights (CHATRI).

    The meeting proposed to network with all those working on housing programme to take up the cause of the poor.

    Press Academy chairman D. Amar, who inaugurated the meeting, expressed concern at the housing scenario in the city. The poor and the middle-class could not dream of owning a house. Every Government, he said, had a string of welfare programmes for the poor. But the problems cropped up when it came to implementation.

    Basic amenities

    S. Jeevan Kumar, convenor, CHATRI, said housing was a foundation from which other legal entitlements could be achieved. Everyone therefore had a right to adequate housing and should have access to natural and common resources, clean drinking water and other basic amenities.

    Selvin Mary of CHATRI spoke of the various housing schemes of the Government and said the urban poor found themselves excluded from the fruits of development and faced displacement although they build and run the cities. In Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts land earmarked for housing scheme was sold away to real estate dealers and multinational companies.