Thirty-five per cent of India’s urban population lives in slums and those living in these slums are constrained not just for space or income but also in terms of access to basic services such as electricity, schools, water, sanitation facilities, and healthcare.
Urban policy specialists believe that in India, the causes of urban poverty can be linked to the lack of infrastructure in rural areas, forcing inhabitants of these regions to seek out work in India’s mega-cities.
Evidence of this mass migration of people to the cities has recently been all over the news during India’s first lockdown resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic.
According to a report by Gupta and Mondal, the pandemic and nationwide shutdowns have put the urban poor in a double bind: the health crisis on one hand, and an economic crisis on the other.
More than 54% of the………Continue reading