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Level of Basic Infrastructure in Slums: A Case Study of West Bengal from General to Specific

  • Surya TewariEmail author
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Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Abstract

Slums meet the housing needs of the weaker section of the society, which migrates to urban areas. Though neither do the slums house all the poor, nor are all slum dwellers poor, slums are areas occupied by wealthy. These areas are poor in socio-economic infrastructure, and their existence in itself poses health risks to the dwellers. Furthermore, because slum dwellers are an important part of the functioning of the city, their rights are also important. Once settled in the slums, occupants are not generally evicted. However, because slums are unhealthy by nature, it is important to rectify the poor condition of slums by considering the dwellers’ viewpoint. Considering both the poor state of slums and their consequent need for improvement, the study analyzes two sets of data. The first analysis pertains to analysis of the basic infrastructure of slums in the State of West Bengal using Census 2011 data; second analysis deals with primary data generated in the field survey conducted in six slums of Kolkata Port Zone using participatory non-numerical random survey method. The primary survey finds a need to give occupancy rights to the slum dwellers as well as further improve the present slum conditions, which at present are currently highly deplorable.

Keywords

Slum Kolkata port zone Non-basic Corporate social responsibility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Delhi School of Economics, University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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