Indispensable yet Inaccessible: The Paradoxes of Adequate Housing in Urban India

Gautam Bhan, Anushree Deb  | 2016

The need for quality of basic services and infrastructure in cities remains undisputed. with future projections adding around 100 million people in cities by 2030,ensuring access to these basic services has never been important for any understanding of social development, inclusive growth or human development, regardless of how one frames the debate (IIHS, 2015). Yet within this broad agreement, adequate and affordable housing hangs precariously. while often recognized and articulated as a basic human need it is never equally recognised as a public good-let alone a fundamental right-that every urban resident must have meaningful access to. It is within this misrecognition that housing inequalities persist, deepen and reproduce in our cities.
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