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

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Water and Conflict in Bombay Hotel, Ahmedabad

Urban Planning, Governance and Infrastructural Violence

The causes, conditions and consequences of poor water access in Bombay Hotel locality, a predominantly Muslim informal settlement located in Ahmedabad’s southern periphery, are studied through the lens of urban violence and conflict. This is done by tracing the dynamics of urban planning and governance that have produced two interlinked types of infrastructural violence in the locality—municipal water denial and violent articulations of infrastructure by informal water providers—and the experiences of everyday conflict and violence that emerge in residents’ lives as a consequence. How conflicts and violence shape residents’ attempts to negotiate and attain better water access are also discussed.

This paper is part of a research project titled “Dynamics of Poverty, Inequality and Violence in Indian Cities: Towards Inclusive Policies and Planning,” funded at the Centre for Urban Equity, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad, by the International Development Research Centre, Canada, and the Department for International Development, UK, under the global programme Safe and Inclusive Cities. The project was coordinated at CUE by Darshini Mahadevia. Suchita Vyas, a former research associate at CUE, who undertook the major part of the primary fieldwork in 2014, while follow-up fieldwork and analysis was carried out by the authors in 2015–16. CUE collaborated with the Centre for Development on the Research and we thank Rafi Malek for discussions about the locality and Mohammad Sharif Malek for significant contributions to the fieldwork.

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Updated On : 20th Feb, 2017
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