Friday, March 22, 2013

26 March 2013: Dirty but Comfortable? : Everyday state’s view of waste water in Delhi’s informal settlements

Anna Zimmer
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Delhi’s informal settlements suffer from lack of access to solid waste and waste water collection infrastructure, resulting in day to day exposure of residents to waste water. This presentation explores the views and attitudes of the everyday state – the government employees and political representatives in frequent interaction with residents – regarding this issue. While these actors have specific insights in the workings of government that make problem solving in informal areas difficult, they also blame inhabitants of informal settlements for the situation to a large extent. Often, it appears as if their view of residents in informal settlements is that “they are comfortable living in a dirty place”! Differences exist however between attitudes towards slums (jugghi-jhompri clusters) and unauthorised colonies. The aim of this presentation therefore is to identify commonalities, but also shed light on the distinct positions of both types of settlements and their residents in the urban fabric.

Date: March 26, 2013
Time: 03:45 P.M.

Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

For further information, please contact: Marie-Hélène Zerah at or Partha Mukhopadhyay at


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