by Indivar Jonalgadda

Housing handbook, by highlighting minor histories, the shortcomings of government attempts at undoing (while simultaneously producing) seemingly intractable informal relationships and structures, and the commonalities among the strategies employed by those marked with informality to stake a claim, seeks to open an avenue for places to assert their particularity, ally with other places and begin a dialogue about spatial justice, and the right to the city. Housing, in our view, being an anchor to life in the city, can also be the anchor for this dialogue.


Survey with the Sanitation Truck Drivers

– Harsha Devulapalli

The survey is intended to be a quick survey on the working conditions of the sanitary truck drivers and staff of the GHMC at three municipal solid waste transfer stations (Yousufguda, Lower Tank Bund and Imlibun) with a focus on the vehicles that ferry waste from these stations to the Jawaharnagar dumpyard.

After the survey, a report on Sanitation Truck Drivers was produced. The report highlights a number of pressing concerns for solid waste management in cities, but also a broader question regarding the outsourcing of labour employed in public infrastructure work.

Click Here for the complete Report

Para Transit

Plying with Para-transit: Informalities, lived realities and implications for policy (Working Paper)

Based on six months of reserach in Hyderabad, this document advocates networks of informal transit providers such as auto-rickshaws, minivans and in some cases motorized cycle rickshaws as a smarter solution to emerging urban transit challenges in India not only in large cities but also in small and medium cities. These providers squarely deal with last mile connectivity and provide livelihood opportunities to millions. Current efforts to plan in solutions involve construction of large scale road networks and over-the-ground metro rail networks through public private partnerships. However, these infrastructures require high capital investments and significantly high amounts of energy to operate. Despite all these, the last-mile problem remains unaddressed. Therefore, the usage of private vehicles continues causing congestion, worsening rush hour issues and adding to negative externalities like air pollution.

A smarter approach would integrate informal-transit into the network of transportation infrastructure from the very beginning rather than dealing with as a residual problem. In Hyderabad, this network of informal transit providers is comprised largely of auto-rickshaws and share autos operating along particular corridors in the city. They are enviromentally sustainable, easily accessible irrespective of socio-economic divides and functional in servicing ‘transit deserts’ in outer-city neighbourhoods and inner-city corridors. They represent a window of opportunity for a truly Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System that paves the way for just, sustainable and equitably accessible cities.

Spatial Transformation

Unpacking Place- I (A workshop on Urban Studies)

On 11th-12th April 2015, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and Hyderabad Urban Lab collaboratively held a short course in Hyderabad called Unpacking ‘Place’. The course instructors were Anant Maringanti, Gautam Bhan, Prasad Shetty and Swastik Harish. This playlist contains the faculty seminars discussing “The Idea of a Place” and “Reading a Place”.

How does one make sense of bounded spaces, what we call ‘places’, in a world that seems increasingly to be in a state of flux? If all boundaries are breaking down, if everything is connected to everything, what sense do boundaries and identities make? These seminars address this question from different stand-points.

*Here you can only see the excerpt of the major project outputs. The complete versions are also available. Please feel free to write to us if you need any of it.