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

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(Un)Settling the City

Analysing Displacement in Delhi from 1990 to 2007

The experience of displacement - of single and multiple evictions and resultant resettlement or homelessness - has defined the process of inhabitation for a vast majority of the poor in Delhi. Analyses suggest that at least 218 evictions have occurred between 1990 and 2007 in the capital, covering at least 60,000 households. Using analytical and geospatial data on the evictions that took place in this period, this paper seeks to answer some key questions and argues in support of policies that favour in situ upgrading over resettlement. The political challenges to this are discussed, particularly in the light of findings that evictions occur with similar intensity regardless of which political party is in power.

This paper was written as part of The Evictions Project, an interdisciplinary research endeavour at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. Geospatial mapping was aided by Deepika Jha and Imran Basha, both at the IIHS at the time of writing. Further research support and assistance in physical verifi cation of eviction sites was provided by Anusha Hariharan and Sonal Sharma.

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