Research Studies

Publication Date: March 1989

Rental housing is predominantly an urban phenomenon. The percentage of households living in rental houses in urban areas far exceeds that in rural areas. Further, the percentage of tenant households has been much higher in larger cities than in the smaller sized cities.  The single most common feature of the rental housing situation in most class I cities during 1961-81 is the decline in the percentage of households living in rental housing. Out of a total of 140 class 1 cities for which data on percentage of households residing in...

Publication Date: January 1989

This study analyses the performance and impact of various activities undertaken as part of the Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns (IDSMT) Programme in four towns of Tinsukia (Assam), Changanacherry (Kerala), Balasore and Sambalpur (Orissa) and identifies the constraints that have hampered the implementation of the Programme. The results of the study reveals several aspects. Firstly, there exists wide variations in the stages of development of activities taken up as part of the IDSMT Programme. Secondly, the study has...

Publication Date: March 1989

Rental housing is a more prominent feature of large metropolitan areas. These areas are characterized by a larger proportion of migrants, young and transient population. These groups create varying types of demand for rental housing in the urban areas. In this paper an attempt has been made to understand the forces operating on demand and supply as they affect the rental housing market. The demand for rental housing is viewed as a question of choice of tenure. The question of choice of tenure is decided at the household level and is influenced by various economic and non...

Publication Date: March 1989

A case study of Delhi was undertaken to understand the structure and functioning of the rental housing market in a large urban area. Delhi has a large rental housing market providing such housing to 545136 households in 1981. The private (household) sector is the dominant supplier of rental housing in the city which incorporates all areas and all housing typologies in Delhi. The dominant form of renting is partial renting of the house. Over the period 1980-88, rents have increased in all parts of Delhi for all types of housing in the private sector rental housing market...

Publication Date: July 1988

This research study examines the process of urbanisation in the North-Eastern Region and identifies measures to steer growth and guide the process of urbanisation so as to bring about a socio-economic transformation of the states within the region. Some of the aspects under the study constitute, area and population, structure of net share domestic product, rural-urban distribution of population by district, urban population densities, average size of urban households, town-wise male and female population and sex ratio, urban literacy, % of agricultural workers, state of...

Publication Date: January 1990

This study focuses on the role of women in the reduction of poverty in the urban areas which has been addressed in three distinct parts. The first part examines women in urban areas in a macro sense and presents data on indices like sex ratio, female participation rate, nature of activities in which women work, and women's share & contribution to family income, employment etc. The second part presents an overview of the framework within which policies with respect to women and urban poverty have evolved over the past four decades and describes nature of programmes...

Publication Date: January 1992

Public investments in housing are extremely low in India. It is estimated that these account for no more than 1.5 per cent of the total development investments. Public, institutional sector, however, provides only about 20-25 per cent of the total housing investments; the balance of 75-80 per cent is provided by the private sector, i.e. the household sector and other non- institutional sources. Apart from these very gross estimates, there is very little information in the country on the structure of the housing finance market, the relative weights and importance of the...

Publication Date: March 1997

The primary objective of this study is to provide an overview of financing urban infrastructure in India. The design of this detailed study incorporates - preparing an inventory of available studies, preparing representative descriptions of urban finance by local bodies, evaluating innovative resources of finances, recommending rationalization of existing major sources of finance, evaluating the urban financial role of state and parastatal bodies, differentiating institutional finance by large and small urban areas and lastly evaluating the extent and mode of private...

Publication Date: September 2008

The study identifies the key areas of reform based on best practices and proposes guidelines drawing lessons from the reforms already underway that could be adopted to ease licensing procedures and property registration in India. The guidelines are based on best practices/reforms already underway in different countries and cities. These include, Delhi, Ludhiana, Indore, Lucknow, Kolkata, Ranchi, Mumbai, Surat, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

As the study highlights Bangalore, Delhi and Surat involve least procedures in obtaining construction license....

Publication Date: March 2011

The study looks to establish the correlation between urban form and sustainable development in rapidly expanding Indian cities. It assists in identifying gaps in the knowledge, policies and practices relating to sustainable urban form in Indian cities. For the purpose, two cities, Rajkot and Faridabad have been selected and studied at the city and neighbourhood level. The characteristics for each level differ considerably. Social structure, economic structure, services and infrastructure availability, land use configuration, communication and transportation facilities,...

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