How do we reconcile the planner's perceptions with the slum dwellers' reality? India's Rajiv Awas Yojana

The urban housing shortage in India, officially pegged at 24.7 million in 2007 and unofficially at about 40 million, largely exists in the low-income segment. Indian policymakers stubbornly refused to acknowledge urbanisation as a reality for decades; as a result all aspects of city development, including housing, have been neglected for far too long, and poor people have had no option but to 'squat' on interstitial land tracts. Around 110 million Indians live in slums in tiny makeshift homes, with variable access to basic services like water, sanitation and sewage, uncertain tenure and even more uncertain futures. Read more...

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