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

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Affordable Housing with Spatial Justice, For All

The paper suggests a scheme for affordable housing in peri-urban areas. It works across all income groups, and draws its inspiration from a project started 30 years ago in north-western Mumbai which can be seen today as completely successful. It calls for a mixing of income groups in the same locality and delivers spatial equity simply by the manner of its layout, with no additional effort required in that direction. Each household pays for its housing in proportion to its income. There is no need for external subsidies, provided land and infrastructure can be made available within cost limits determined by the income profile of the city or town in which it is taken up.

The author would particularly like to thank Vidyadhar Phatak and Abhay Pethe for several fruitful discussions and many suggestions, both written and verbal, that have contributed signifi cantly to the substance of this paper.

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