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|The GIDC housing project for urban poor in Bhuj, just before its handing over.|
Inclusive Urban Planning
URBAN CENTRES in developing countries, particularly India, are experiencing rapid growth, resulting in very large and dense cities as there is shift from primary sector occupations to other sectors.
URBANIZATION is also resulting in increasing economic disparities between the poor and the rich. It is now increasingly recognised that instead of seeing urban poverty purely in terms of income and consumption, it needs to be understood also in other dimensions— such as housing, services, tenure, etc. that involve not merely an economic response but also response in terms of improved governance and planning.
THE LAND that the poor mostly inhabit is usually the most degraded in terms of quality and can be improved only by decentralized access and management. Drinking water, sanitation, garbage disposal are some of the areas where decentralized systems can empower the urban poor to shape healthier habitats. Security of housing tenure along with appropriate site planning can help in better living conditions. Informal markets can rejuvenate their livelihoods.
LINKING urban public spaces with watersheds can create green lungs of the city and provide effective management of urban lands which otherwise impact the settlements of urban poor the most.
IT IS IN THIS perspective that Hunnarshala sees its role in the larger process of urban development. Through its various projects in urban areas, Hunnarshala tries to develop and demonstrate possible solutions towards pro-poor inclusive planning.
THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS are indicative of some of the dimensions of Hunnashala’s approach.
1. Junawada, Bhachau
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