ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Intentions, Design and Outcomes

Reflections on IHSDP in Maharashtra

This paper examines the implementation of the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme in the smaller cities of Maharashtra. It discusses the reasons behind the poor quantitative and qualitative performance of the IHSDP in the state and examines why the programme has not been a success, either in terms of the completion rate or beneficiary satisfaction.

The research and fieldwork on which this paper is based was conducted between late 2011 and early 2013 as part of a larger project of the Urban India Research Facility at the School of Habitat Studies, TISS, Mumbai, funded by Ford Foundation. The research related to housing, including on IHSDP, was a collaborative effort within SoHS as well as with local individuals, institutions and teams in three cities: Akola, Sangli and Aurangabad. In SoHS, the housing team included Amita Bhide, Himanshu Burte, Smita Waingankar and Simpreet Singh. Many discussions within this team have helped shape the arguments in this paper. In particular, Amita Bhide’s insights and comments throughout the research and writing have been very important. In Akola, the local team included Anjali Maydeo and Sandeep Pundkar, and Shankar Pujari in Sangli. This paper is part of the author’s ongoing research for a PhD in urban planning at CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

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