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Committee submits report on urban housing shortage

A technical committee under the chairmanship of Amitabh Kundu, professor of economics in  JNU was set up by the ministry of housing & urban poverty alleviation to estimate the Urban Housing Shortage for the 12th Five Year (2012-17). The committee submitted its final report to the Kumari Selja, minister of housing & urban poverty alleviation and minister of culture on 22 September, 2012.

The housing shortage has been estimated by putting together the number of households residing in unacceptable dwelling units - computed by considering the obsolescence factor, those residing in unacceptable physical and social conditions -worked out using overcrowding and congestion factor, and the houseless households. Housing shortage would not be a major problem if there is no mismatch between the people for whom the houses are being built and those who need them. Indeed, if the newly built houses were available to the houseless, squatters, slum dwellers and those living in congested conditions, the shortage would be small.
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