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

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Housing Policies for Mumbai

Mumbai is confounded with a host of problems pertaining to housing the poor and the not-so-poor. With rising real estate prices, more and more people with perfectly respectable jobs cannot find affordable housing to buy or to rent, not to mention those who are self-employed or in the lowest strata of society. More than half the population lives in slums. Residential construction for rental for the middle and lower income groups stopped half a century ago, because of the Rent Act, and shows no signs of revival. There is widespread urban blight. This article reviews the existing situation and suggests a range of housing policies that could begin to address this particular aspect of Mumbai's myriad problems.

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