Article: Smart Cities Mission Brings Together Diverse Government Schemes on Affordable Housing Under One Roof

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Smart Cities Mission Brings Together Diverse Government Schemes on Affordable Housing Under One Roof

People migrate to cities in search of employment. Due to their low paying jobs, they find it difficult to spend money on housing. As a result, slums, squalor, and informal settlements result with poor conditions that lack basic services. Hence, affordable housing with a respectable standard of living becomes imperative to improve the livability, workability and sustainability in a city,

India has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the scale and pace of urbanization. As per the last census, the country has 31 per cent urban population residing in more than 4,000 cities and towns. The High Power Expert Committee Report (2011)1 has estimated that by the year 2031 the country will have more than 87 metropolitan areas and 600 million people will be living in urban areas, and that migration to urban areas accounts for 20-25 per cent increase in urban population

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