New Delhi Attributing the housing boom to easy availability of loans, new housing and urban poverty alleviation minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday said that the housing bubble could burst in the absence of proper planning.

As per the latest figure, he said, the number of vacant houses in the country were rapidly rising and already accounted for 11% of the total housing units in developed areas where middle and upper middle class people live. This is like a bubble which can burst any time.

The development of rural housing in a manner that results in adequate, quality shelter for inhabitants of Mahatma Gandhi’s “real India” is a challenge before the nation. What are the issues confronting rural housing development in India? The litany of its woes is endless.

This paper describes the nationwide “slum” upgrading (Baan Mankong) programme in Thailand, which supports community organizations to find their own solutions to getting land for housing. Between 2003 and 2008, the programme supported 512 upgrading initiatives involving 1,010 communities.

Housing finance options for low-salary earners and the self-employed poor in India are severely limited and have significantly affected their housing conditions. A recent session of the governing council of UN-HABITAT focussed on this theme and emphasised the need to expand financing options.

A. Srivathsan A drastic intervention that combines incentives, subsidies and regulation is required to address the housing crisis.

This paper tracks the organizational and financial history of the Integrated Village Development Project (IVDP) and the self-help group (SHG) network it supports in Tamil Nadu, India.

Even after concerted efforts made by central and state governments, housing shortage has assumed frightening proportions. It is estimated that there is a housing shortage of nearly 25 million dwelling units affecting 67 million households. Most of this housing shortage pertains to low income families.

Low-Cost Housing in Developing Countries is a simple, utilitarian and extremely readable book. There is little new in the discussions on appropriate technology, which includes discussions on the