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Govt plans satellite mapping to prevent new slums

India is going to map its slums, the objective being to collect foolproof data on notified and non-notified slums across the country to meet the target of a slum-free India in the next five years


India's urban poor need 40 mn houses, 500 health centres: ASSOCHAM report

In a paper 'Housing and Health Facilities for Urban Poor', the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India estimates that a meagre investment of Rs 7 billion is required to provide basic living and health facilities to poor urban-dwellers


Kochi takes a holiday to tackle garbage

In an unprecedented move, the Kerala High Court gives civic officials in the state's largest city an ultimatum on garbage clearance. However, a long-term solution to the city's waste problem continues to elude the municipal corporation


India's slum population doubles since the 1980s

The number of urban slum-dwellers rose from 27.9 million in 1981 to 46.2 million in 1991 and 61.8 million in 2001, according to estimates by the Town and Country Planning Organisation


Is the world geared to tackle urban problems?

Some time this year or the next humanity will officially cross the line from being a rural to an urban species, with more than 50% of the world's people living in cities. Are aid agencies and governments ready for the social and environmental implications, asks David Satterthwaite


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