Challenges faced by Urban Poor

In this article we will discuss Challenges faced by Urban Poor

In this article, we will discuss Challenges faced by Urban Poor. So, let’s get started.

Challenges faced by Urban Poor

  • Overcrowding
  • Millions of people migrate to the cities to take up informal jobs such as domestic help, driving cars for middle-class people, taxi driving, construction site work, etc.
  • This creates overcrowding in the already packed urban infrastructure.
  • Water and Sanitation
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the poor sanitation standards of slum areas. Washing hands and observing physical distancing was impossible to follow in slums.
  • Nearly 21.8 percent of slum households in Delhi depend on shared water sources such as public taps.
  • Health Care
  • The low income of these communities means that standard medical help is often unaffordable.
  • Therefore, on occasions when it rains or the neighbourhood is flooded, their settlements become breeding grounds for various parasites and infections and the cycle repeats itself.
  • Education
  • For children living in slums, a host of issues affect their education.
  • Even if some children of slum households get enrolled in a school, they have to drop out to support their family financially and are deprived of education.
  • Risk of Forceful Eviction
  • Lack of affordable housing leaves the people address-less on paper. They settle wherever they can, but as more people join, a whole community of undocumented settlers emerges that creates a risk of forceful eviction.
  • Forced eviction is defined as the permanent or temporary removal against the will of individuals, families and/or communities from the homes and/or land which they occupy.

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