India’s capital is marked by different settlement types, defined by diverse degrees of formality, legality, and tenure. As part of a larger project on urban transformation in India, Cities of Delhi seeks to carefully document the degree to which access to basic services varies across different types of settlement, and to better understand the nature of that variation. Undertaken by a team of researchers at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, the project aims to examine how the residents of the city interact with their elected representatives, state agencies, and other agents in securing public services.
Through three sets of reports, the project provides a comprehensive picture of how the city is governed, and especially how this impacts the poor. The first is a set of carefully selected case studies of slums, known as jhuggi jhopri clusters (JJCs) in Delhi, unauthorised colonies, and resettlement colonies. Each case documents the status and history of the settlement, the level and quality of services, and the various ways in which the community engages with government agencies, their elected representatives, and other actors. The second set of studies explores a range of different processes through which the governing institutions of Delhi engage with residents. These focus, for example, on the process of regularising unauthorised colonies or managing slum evictions, examining both the legal and policy prescriptions that govern these interventions, as well as the actual interventions on the ground at selected sites. The third set of studies focuses on selected agencies of governance in Delhi. These reports document the legal framework, structure, policies, and activities of agencies such as the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). All reports are made public as they are completed.
Cities of Delhi has received funding from Brown University and the Indian Council for Social Science Research.
Ram Pravesh ShahiResearcher
David AdlerExternal Researcher
All sketches by Vyas Yengkhom