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Poor in Urban India

WaterAidThis is a combined product of two research studies taken up simultaneously: one, an exhaustive survey of Surat's slum dwellers, sponsored by the Surat Municipal Corporation, and the other, an intensive study of Panchsheel, one of the slums, sponsored by the Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternatives in Development (IDPAD). The setting for both was the fast-growing city of Surat. The portrayal involves, firstly, a description of slums in Surat, featuring their socio-economic characteristics and the extent of availability in them of some essential amenities; and secondly, an in-depth study of one slum for a deeper understanding of such spaces and the processes by which people living in them negotiate their social and economic lives.

WaterAidBased on such a macro and micro understanding of slums in Surat, the study culminates in the identification of relevant issues that need to be addressed while trying to gauge the nature of such habitations for purposes of research, policy making, and planning of urban spaces in the country. Though the studies were conducted by Lancy Lobo and Biswaroop Das at CSS, Surat, their publication work was done at CCD resulting in the book, Poor in Urban India, Jaipur: Rawat, 2001.