With a monthly earning of Rs 3,000 and a family of five to feed, including her paralysed husband, money is always in short supply for fifty-something Rekha Bai.
But the resident of Shiv Nagar, Ward 64, has just deposited Rs 1,000 — a third of the amount that makes up the household till — for the Community Managed Water Supply Scheme (CMWSS) to be launched in her locality. Rekha is no philanthropist, she only wants her family to get regular water supply.
Rekha is part of a quiet revolution that is going on in the urban poor pockets here, who are often short-changed by the municipal corporation. With no hope of clean water, sanitation and other amenities, these people took it upon themselves to set up civic infrastructure, with a little leg-up from the UN Habitat and District Urban Development Agency.
The Rs 51 lakh CMWS Scheme in Ward 64 will supply water to 1,200 families. UN Habitat has provided a "revolving fund" of Rs 20 lakh for the project while DUDA has chipped in with Rs 10 lakh.