Research Studies

Research Study: 59 | 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...

Research Study: 57 | Publication Date: February 1994

Urbanisation in India has been accompanied by two contrasting features - growth in economic activities and deterioration in the quality of life. One of the reasons for deteriorating quality of life in urban areas is the inability of the city governments to manage and augument the provision of infrastructure and services to meet the growing demands. It is now also being recognised that urban service delivery is not a problem that can be solved only by providing additional financial resources to local bodies. Recently, various forms of partnership arrangements between...

Research Study: 47 | 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...

Research Study: 43 | 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...

Research Study: 42 | Publication Date: January 1990

The focus of the present study is to evaluate the impact of the IDSMT programme on the basis of certain set of questions such as, should the programme be continued in the Eighth Plan or not; if the programme is to be continued, then should it continue in the same form or in a different form; what has contrained the effective implementation of the IDSMT programme. The study however has shown that the process of selecting the towns for accelerated development under this programme has not been proper. It has thus been suggested in the study that IDSMT programme should be...

Research Study: 39 | 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...

Research Study: 37 | 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...

Research Study: 36 | 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...

Research Study: 35 | 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...

Research Study: 31 | 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...

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