There is a severe lack of affordable housing across urban agglomerations in India, a fact acknowledged by India’s Finance Ministry which gave affordable housing the status of vital infrastructure in the Union Budget of 2018-19. In addition to the quantum of housing, the quality of housing is also an important consideration as it directly impacts public health.

Inclusive, affordable and sustainable housing with sufficient sanitation infrastructure and facilities would be instrumental in improving the quality of life and dignity of the people. With an aim to explore viable alternative models and advocate appropriate policy changes, UDRI proposes a series of workshops to understand affordability and explore viable solutions towards bringing about a step change in housing provision in India, by involving professionals and students of architecture, urban planning, finance, social sciences, journalism and environmental studies as well as elected representatives and bureaucrats.

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