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  project name ~ Bhalaswa Lok Shakti Manch 2014

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


Bhalaswa Lok Shakti Manch 2014



Sanchal Foundation



Community Empowerment



New Delhi




  Budget Approved


Rs 848500


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Prahalad Rangan
Debolina Banerjee











Bhalaswa is a resettlement colony situated in North West District of Delhi. In 2002, about 20,000 families from several slums in the central parts of Delhi were forcibly evicted and relocated to this colony on the outskirts of the city, where even the most basic facilities such as running water and electricity were absent. With the assistance of the Sanchal Foundation, a group of women from the relocated families then formed a platform, called the Bhalaswa Lok Shakti Manch (BLSM), to represent their causes with the government and obtain their basic entitlements. The BLSM currently comprises of both women and youth, and has achieved some remarkable successes in forcing the government to recognize their needs and demands. It has even managed to spread out and help people from other slums and settlements.





During the process of working in communities the BLSM has learnt many things. They have increased their network and reached out to other communities as well . Now they are working in Holambi Kalan Resettlement Colony, Kalandar Colony, Vishwanath Puri, Basant Dada Patil Nagar and 7 blocks in Jahangirpuri and in the same manner they share their experience with different bastis (communities) as well.





Spread awareness about Food Security Act, to put pressure on government for the necessary amendments to the Act. To begin the process to seek permanent solution on the issue of water connection to the residents of the community. To get dust bins in the community for the garbage problem in the community. Establish a local school nearby community (which is just a kilometre away from the community) and very soon the first session is going to be started. Facilities like drinking water by tankers, desks, gatekeeper been provided by the authorities to Community Schools . Spread awareness on the issue of shelter via workshops, public meetings and door to door visits. Organize community wide events to bring community people together and mobilize people on the current problems of the community.



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