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Report No. 138

2.10. Slums in Kanpur.-

A study regarding Kanpur happens to be available.1 According to sources close to the Kanpur Development Authority, more than 5 lakh people still live in various types of slums in Kanpur city. Again, as per table 4 given in the study the types of slums are as under:-

Type of slums

Population (i.e. slum)

Percentage out of total slum population

Ahatas

259552

51.59

Bustees (old slums)

158511

31.51

Abadis and villages

40580

8.07

New slums

44437

8.83

1. R.K. Awasthi Urban Development in an Industrial City, (April-June 1984), Nagarlok, pp. 20, 29, 30.

Above figures were for the year 1978, and it was also estimated that more than 83% of the slum dwellers in Kanpur were living either in Ahtas or old slums or in inhuman living conditions. New slums were coming up on road-side and vacant spaces along the railway line.

2.11. The problem of slum dwellers is, therefore, one which ought to exercise the minds of the adminiStrators and legislators of our Welfare State and of the community at large.



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