Cabinet, recently passed “Housing for All” policy on 17th June. One of the headline catcher numbers has been the shortage of “18.78 MN” houses. The method by which “‘shortage” is identified is important because it could focus on only quantitative indicators of occupancy and homelessness and forget qualitative indicators such as congestion, blighted and structurally … Continue reading Policy Updates from India :”Housing for All by 2022″
This past June, I spent five weeks getting to know the pavement dwellers on N.M. Joshi Marg in Byculla West. This area is known informally as “Bakri Adda” or “the place of the goats”. Many of the families have been living there over 20 years and span multiple generations. Previously the street was full of … Continue reading Pavement Dwellers of Bakri Ada
How to identify beneficiaries? Under VSUB cities were allowed to develop their own eligibility criteria. Under SRA, anyone who lived in the slum before 1995. Have lots of Documents to prove: water card, property tax bill, etc. 6-7 cards that were allowed. Unfortunately there is a nexus between developers and the local authority and the land … Continue reading Meeting with Professor Sajel Patel
There is a never ending chatter of honks, horns, and beeps from vehicles declaring urgency or simply exchanging pleasantries as my teammates and I are shuttled through busy downtown streets, linked between daily meetings or chauffeured to a magnificent landmark in one of India’s iconic three-wheeled automatic rickshaws. Apprehensive from the overcrowded streets filled with … Continue reading Slumdog Engineer: Sustainable Sanitation and Urban Development
We had an incredible learning experience in India, in part due to the amazing experts that we met, who gave us their valuable time and insights and in-part due to the truly interdisciplinary group which was motivated to understand the context of the policy better to propose apt recommendations. While, we were able to get … Continue reading Parting Thoughts..
The Performance Assessment System (PAS), implemented at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University), is working to develop appropriate methods and tools to measure, monitor and improve delivery of water and sanitation in urban India. Our team met with researchers Aasim Mansuri and Dhruv Bhavsar to discuss Ahmedabad’s model for slum rehabilitation and … Continue reading Meeting with PAS