SOME MYTHS AND REALITIES ABOUT SLUM UPGRADING

Terra Urban टेरा अर्बन

MYTH

REALITY

The poor are better off in rural areas than in slums, so their migration to urban areas can and should be stopped. Rural to urban migration is a natural, inevitable and irreversible process. Many governments have tried to slow it down, divert it or stop it – all have failed. The rural poor move to urban areas primarily to improve their economic and social opportunities. With good policies, urban growth is essential to reducing rural poverty.
Slums should be demolished to stop their formation. Slum demolitions fail. Governments that use mass, forced evictions and demolition only made matters worse and, in every case, do not stop new slums from forming
Relocating slum residents to housing projects on the outskirts of the city solves the slum “problem.” Resettling slum residents far from their original homes, even if they are to apartment blocks, is not usually viable. The economic and social…

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