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Urban Squatter Housing in Third World

Ashok Ranjan Basu (Author)
Synopsis The whole world is moving towards a more urban existence and whereas the process is more nearly completed in the small number of rich Industrialized countries, it is only in recent years that marked urbanization has started making its impact over the less-developed countries. Increased urbanization is now occurring throughout the Third World. Unfortunately, however, at a pace far in excess of the economic advances and the Third World is now undergoing a great urban crisis. A number of large cities have trebled in size in past decade, and many others, including Delhi, have doubled. The increase in illegal housing in these rapidly expanding cities has assumed even more dramatic proportions and in many cases squatter population area increasing at twice the overall rate of urbanization. More than half of the populations of many larger cities in Africa, Latin America and Asia now live in unauthorized settlements, as do more than a quarter of populations of places as diverse as for example, Maxico City, Rio de Janeiro, Calutta and Seoul. The situation calls for new solutions increasingly based on a deeper understanding of social and economic requirement and practicalities and less on unsupportable idealism. The coverage includes, besides introduction, urban squatter problems in Third World, approaches followed by different countries of the world, and approaches being followed in India. Delhi has been taken as a case study and the impact of the policies in Delhi has been evaluated. The lessons and experiences of other Third World countries have been drawn to indicate the various problems and their solutions and also other important issues which should be considered while formulating resettlement policies for the squatters. On the basis of his wide experience and positions of responsibility held by him in Delhi and elsewhere, Dr. Basu has made an important study which will go far towards improving the understanding of squatter resettlement requirements and policies applicable to the burgeoning cities of the Third World.
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About the author

Ashok Ranjan Basu

Dr. Ashok Ranjan, IAS (b. 1945) had a brilliant academic career. A gold medallist, he did his M.A. (Public Administration) from the Panjab University, securing first class first position and M.A. (in Metropolitan Planning) at the University of Liverpool (U.K.). He obtained Ph.D. from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He also obtained diplomas in Export Management and Labour Law before joining Civil Service. He started his career as a Lecturer in Physics at Patna University. He was associated with Delhi Development Authority for five years. He has served as a quest faculty at a number of leading national Institutes and attended many national and international seminars where he presented papers on different aspects of Urban Planning. He is a life member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi and also an Academic Counsellor in the faculty of Business Management in the Indira Gandhi National Open University. Dr. Basu ha a number of publications to his credit. His name has been included in a number of books such as Survey of Research in Public Administration by R.K. Sapru.

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Title Urban Squatter Housing in Third World
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1988
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170990475
length xxii+316p., Figures; Tables; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.