Far from the debris of the downturn, a very different real estate market is taking shape. Developers have begun seeing business sense in building cheaper and affordable homes for people with small incomes. With the bubble of rising real estate prices having burst, even some of the bigger companies are looking at the small home buyer, realising that this is where opportunity really lies.

Millennial Delhi is changing rapidly. Between 1990 and 2003, 51,461 houses were demolished in Delhi under "slum clearance" schemes. Between 2004 and 2007 alone, however, at least 45,000 homes were demolished, and since the beginning of 2007, eviction notices have been served on at least three other large settlements.

Squatters' organizations are a notable driving force of civil society movements in Nepal. Their alliance, working on urban squatter issues, has been trying to change their strategy from one of confrontation with government authorities to one of collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including non-squatter neighbours. This paper reviews a decade of squatters' movement in Nepal.

Keen observers: Students evince interest in the pictures displayed at the venue of a seminar on housing in SRM University in Kattankulathur on Monday.

CHANDIGARH: The BJP candidate for the lone Lok Sabha seat from Chandigarh, Satya Pal Jain, on Thursday promised that on coming to power at the Centre his party would allow construction of one additional floor in all residential and commercial structures including bay-shops and booths.

Mumbai Reining in developers who violate open space and other norms governing the construction of towers, the committee that gives the final nod for all high-rise buildings in Mumbai has issued orders that every such proposal should be vetted by it even before construction permits are obtained from the civic body.

The traditional non-politics of Indian cities is confronted by rapid urbanization THERE are signs that urban India is discovering politics after a long interval. City after congested city is demanding funds for new, comfortable buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Municipal managers see a clear political advantage in pushing public transport, and no merkely

People in slums say possession, past experiences the problem areas KARNATAKA wants people in the state

Mumbai: In a bid to eradicate slums from the city, the state Government has set up a core committee to prepare a concept plan for providing cheap housing in the region. The concept plan, a longterm initiative, will aim at building more affordable houses and houses on moderate rents.

UN-HABITAT has an important role in supporting institutions, professionals and the private sector in the housing and construction sector to mitigate climate change, writes Mohamed El Sioufi, Head of UN-HABITAT