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Report No. 138

Chapter II

Profile of Slums and Slum Dwellers in India

2.1. Growth of slums in India.-

There has been a rapid growth of population in our metropolitan cities, which has resulted in continuously rising density of population in all these cities. According to one study1 the growth of slum population is almost double the growth of urban population in the southern region. It was estimated some years ago to be around 7.25 million, which represents 16.4 per cent. of the total urban population. In the above study,2 a table gives the figures of slum population in the southern region according to the population size of towns as under:-

1. Muttalib and Mohd Akbar Ali Khan Public Housing, Published by Regional Centre for Urban and Environment Studies, (1986), p. 4, para. 1.9.

2. Muttalib and Mohd Akbar Ali Khan Public Housing, Published by Regional Centre for Urban and Environment Studies, (1986), p. 3, para. 1.8.

Table

Slum population in Southern region

Population size of U.A./ Cities/Towns

Total population number in 000

Slum population number in 000

Percentage of Col (5) to Col (3)

(1)

(3)

(5)

(7)

10 lakhs and above

9719

2150

22.12

5-10 lakhs

6361

1352

21.25

3- 5 lakhs

2109

392

18.59

1-3 lakhs

7470

1270

17.00

50,000-1 lakh

5707

701

12.28

Below 50,000

12838

1388

10.81

All sizes

44204

7253

16.41

(Columns 2, 4 and 6 of the Table are not reproduced here, as not material).



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