Light at the End of the Tunnel

West Delhi

B1 jhuggi (slum) was established around 1984 as part of Raghubir Nagar, which lies in West Delhi. For over 10 years now, the main road, in the corner of which B1 jhuggi is settled, has had streetlights. Over the years, these have been upgraded on multiple occasions, but they function erratically, leading to accidents, multiple cases of theft, as well as harassment. A gruesome accident on the occasion of Diwali, which left a resident wounded, with a bike smashing into her led the women taking charge of the matter. Savitri Ben, a SEWA aagewan along with the local SEWA Shakti Kendra members, went to the local ward councilor; submitting a letter with everyone’s signatures. The ward’s councilor’s personal assistant accepted the letter, signed off on a copy, and took Rami ben’s (SSK field staff) contact details and promised a permanent fix. Changes were made to the wiring system, leading to lesser instances of harassment and theft.