Slum Development, Water & Sanitation

Indore Habitat Slum Networking Project, Indore

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Project Indore Habitat Slum Networking Project, Indore
Client Indore Development Authority (executive agency) funded by Department of International Development, UK
The concept of Slum Networking was developed by HPCE to dramatically improved the lives of the 450,000 slum-dwellers of Indore city, which amounted to about 30% of the total population. The project integrated both physical works and community development. HPCE designed the civil infrastructure comprising roads, sewerage, water supply, storm drainage, earthworks, landscaping, street lighting and community buildings. The correlation between topography, natural drainage and infrastructure was exploited to provide quality services at Rs. 4,300 (£60) per family at 1992 prices, a sum considerably less than that using conventional engineering. As a by-product of the networking of slums and drainage, a stretch of river front in the city was cleaned up and environmentally restored at negligible costs. The project won UN Habitat Award in 1993 and Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998 for making a significant contribution to human habitat.

Vijayawada Slum Improvement Project

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Project Vijayawada Slum Improvement Project
Client Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and funded by Department for International Development (DFID), UK.
Master planning and infrastructure design for Paykapuram slum rehabilitation township for 10,000 families as a part of the DFID assisted slum improvement project. The families were rehabilitated in the matrix of higher income groups for social inclusion as well as financial cross subsidisation. A network of green paths was created to segregate pedestrians from vehicular traffic. Sensitive contour management avoided expensive pumping on this flood prone site.

Slum Networking of Ahmedabad City, Ahmedabad

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Project Slum Networking of Ahmedabad City, Ahmedabad
Client Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Arvind Mills Limited

Following from Slum Networking projects in Indore and Baroda, city wide Slum Networking of Ahmedabad was initiated by HPCE. Again, the approach was taken one stage further by replacing external aid with contributions from the city's industries so as to augment the resources generated by the slum dwellers and the Municipal Corporation. The project began with a pilot project in Sanjay Nagar for 1,200 inhabitants.

The project implementation was a joint effort between the communities living in the slums, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Arvind Mills Ltd., a major industrial textile house of India. The partnership as proposed by HPCE combined the strengths of all the participating parties. The local NGO 'Saath' together with professionals acted as intermediaries. All designs and plans for physical infrastructure were developed by HPCE. The implementation of the pilot project was completed successfully within a year. The actual cost of individual water and sewerage connections and roads was Rs. 6,170 per family, of which the community contributed one third. Subsequently, as a consequence of infrastructure development, the residents have already invested an average of Rs. 40,000 on upgrading their houses.

The project in Sanjay Nagar brought about a virtual rebirth of the community. The death rate among children of four years or less declined by around 70% within 2 years. Average income per household within the community rose by 36%.

Bhabrekarnagar Resettlement Project

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Project Bhabrekarnagar Resettlement Project
Client Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority Youth for Unity and Action (YUVA) Mission for Application of Technology to Urban Renewal & Engineering (MATURE - UNDP), Government of India.

During a few days in June 1997 more than 12,500 families were displaced in a suburb of Mumbai as their houses were razed to the ground. The National Human Rights Commission of India took up the issue with the Government of Maharashtra to resettle the families. The site allotted to 815 of the families was partly marshy and hilly and lacked any form of infrastructure.

HPCE assisted YUVA in conceptualising a plan for upgrading the area. Detailed designs were made by HPCE for the provision of basic infrastructure on the challenging site. Furthermore, an innovative approach to masterplanning was developed by HPCE for the area. Small clusters of 20-30 houses were planned to create defined neighbourhoods and co-operative societies. These would also provide open space and a courtyard, and serve as a nodal point for infrastructure services to that cluster. Emphasis was placed on community participation for taking decisions relating to re-clustering. The Indian Department of Science and Technology came in with funding support to implement some of the innovative solutions.

Slum Networking of Bhopal City

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Project Slum Networking of Bhopal City
Client Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal Municipal Corporation, UNICEF
On request of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, HPCE has advised to develop a strategy for dealing with the growing slum population in the state of Madhya Pradesh. To illustrate the approach, a detailed framework report was prepared for the city of Bhopal to cover its slum population of 500,000 people based upon the Slum Networking principles. Suggestions were also made to strengthen the city level service infrastructure and improve its environment in order to support the slum level interventions. Plans were included to maximize grassroots community participation through an appropriate legal, financial and organisational framework. As a demonstration of the concepts, detailed designs and drawings have been prepared by HPCE for the basic infrastructure in 6 pilot slums covering around 25,000 people.

Port Development Gujarat

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Project Port Development Gujarat
Client The Netherlands Government and Gujarat Maritime Board

Alang ship breaking yard together with its migrant labour force of 30,000 faces serious social, health and environmental challenges. A recent fire which devastated the slum settlements prompted the state government into action. HPCE were retained to address environmental and habitat issues of this 1200 hectare site including water-supply, drainage, treatment, in-situ upgradation of slums and development of a new township for the workers.

In the first phase the nature friendly approach was demonstrated with a root-zone sewerage treatment plant designed by HPCE for a Gujarat Maritime Board training institute at Alang. Protected water supply to all the industrial plots and to residential settlements together with the associated sanitation and treatment are currently being implemented.

In the final stage, in situ environmental upgradation of migrant labour slum settlements is proposed together with a new township for 1,000 families to stimulate family structures in preference to transient male migrants.

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