Consequently city after city is witnessing so called beautification drives and the most glaring one is that which took place in Delhi where the slums along the river Yamuna were cleared to make way for the Commonwealth Games village, the flats now having been sold to the rich. A huge drive is on in Mumbai too to clear the Golibar slums which are on private land and not on public land despite court orders restraining the Government from doing so.
Indore too is not to be left behind. Among the many hair brained schemes is one that plans to build a river side corridor along the two dirty streams that flow through the city carrying its stinking untreated wastewater. The plan is to clear the slums that are there along these streams and build roads with commercial and residential spaces. The waste water is to be channelised through sewers along the streams to a sewage treatment plant so that the streams become clean once again. Huge amounts of money are going to be spent on this and the poor slum dwellers are going to be displaced to locations some twenty kilometers away in the same way as was done for the residents of the Yamuna Pushta slums in Delhi.
Indore has a long history of struggle by slum dwellers against eviction and for better amenities. The Jhuggi Basti Sangharsh Morcha is currently continuing in this rebellious tradition and conducting a battle against displacement by the proposed Riverside Corridor. The organisation staged a sit in at the Indore Municipal Corporation office on 21st January 2013 and later took out a rally in Indore of over five hundred slum dwellers to press their demand that the Riverside Corridor scheme should be scrapped and instead the slums should be developed and provided with proper amenities. The people in the sit in at the Indore Municipal Corporation office are pictured below.