Exclusionary urban planning of Bombay Hotel area, Ahmedabad, has created class, religious inequities

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi, Suchita Vyas, Mo. Sharif Pathan (CfD), and Rafi Malek (CfD)* Housing with secure tenure is necessary for poverty alleviation, reducing inequalities and realizing the right to the city. However, the development paradigm in Indian cities plays a central role in creating and perpetuating insecure tenure for a large … More Exclusionary urban planning of Bombay Hotel area, Ahmedabad, has created class, religious inequities

Women’s security, safety deeply impacted by urban poor’s resettlement to peripheral Ahmedabad

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi, Suchita Vyas and Vaishali Parmar* There is a growing recognition that large number of women in Indian cities experience violence inside and outside their homes and feel insecure about being in public spaces. Patriarchal norms and sexist attitudes towards women are the main underlying reasons for these experiences. … More Women’s security, safety deeply impacted by urban poor’s resettlement to peripheral Ahmedabad

Resettlement of slumdwellers has destabilized local authority structures which commanded respect

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi and Suchita Vyas* Urban beautification and infrastructure projects in Ahmedabad such as the Sabarmati riverfront project, the Kankaria lakefront project and road-widening projects, including for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), have displaced thousands of poor households since the mid-2000s. Many have been resettled in public housing built … More Resettlement of slumdwellers has destabilized local authority structures which commanded respect

Planning and governance related reasons for thefts, robberies at Ahmedabad resettlement sites

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi and Suchita Vyas* Crimes such as thefts, robberies and burglaries have been widespread at the Vatwa resettlement sites, a group of seven public housing sites where thousands of households displaced by various urban development projects have been resettled since 2010. These sites comprise of 9,200 flats, which is … More Planning and governance related reasons for thefts, robberies at Ahmedabad resettlement sites

Alternative housing for slumdwellers seen as physical construction of buildings, infrastructure

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi, Suchita Vyas* In the mid-2000s, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) moved away from in-situ slum upgrading under its Slum Networking Project (SNP) to two inter-related interventions: large-scale slum displacement for urban beautification / infrastructure projects and construction of public housing under Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) … More Alternative housing for slumdwellers seen as physical construction of buildings, infrastructure

Distant relocation of Ahmedabad slumdwellers has entailed reduction in their effective income

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi, Suchita Vyas, Vaishali Parmar* Urban beautification and infrastructure projects in Ahmedabad such as the Sabarmati riverfront project, the Kankaria lakefront project and road-widening projects, including for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), have displaced thousands of poor households since the mid-2000s. Many have been resettled in public housing … More Distant relocation of Ahmedabad slumdwellers has entailed reduction in their effective income