Homelessness In India

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Unlike the slum dwellers, the homeless are not spatially-physically segregated but they are rendered ‘invisible’ by the city’s unwillingness to look at, note and register their ‘humanness’. The city symbolically turns away by carrying on as if these disparities do not exist or mean anything. The state responds alternatively by turning away from the homeless or treating them as if they are not citizens but refugees in their own country. One exemplary example from a private sector is Micro home solutions, a New Delhi-based social housing initiative focusing on self-construction housing in informal settlements. Modular shelter, New Delhi is a design solution called for temporary shelters to serve during Delhi's extreme weather. Another initiative is ekSHELTER- particularly for pavements and under flyovers temporary housing. This organisation addresses…show more content…
The design is easy to understand, build and copy. Its form is based on the typical shelters the homeless in India manage to put up on their own - with many improvements such as a self-supporting structure, a waterproof skin that will keep them warm in the winter with openings for ventilation during the hotter months and mosquito net to protect from dengue and malaria, along with pockets for storage. All the components are locally available and affordable and can be easily repaired or replaced. It uses affordable and locally available materials such as bamboo and waterproof canvas which can be easily repaired or replaced, and locally available skills such as that of a local welder to fabricate welded rebar joints and a tailor to stitch the canvas. The Delhi Master Plan states that its goal is to transform Delhi into a “world-class city” (DDA, 2007), the Chief Minister of Delhi inaugurates every state ceremony with reference to this imagined
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