This working paper forms part of a larger urban core area research project
funded by DFID (R6860). Economic pressures on the central areas of rapidly growing cities in the developing world are giving rise to large-scale commercial developments that displace or fail to accommodate
low-income families. Core area commercial redevelopment has too often caused an exodus of residents to the outlying areas of the city, which in turn increases commuting time for many of these residents. The increase in travel time and cost for the urban poor also has an impact on the environment through increasing energy use and air pollution.
The project, which included studies on selected sites in Delhi, looks at ways in which sustainable low-income housing and small business provision can be integrated with new commercial developments in a range of developing world contexts.
In Delhi two sites were studied - Motia Khan in the centre of the city and
Peera Garhi on the Outer Ring Road. Both sites were designated for
commercial development in the Master Plan but were currently occupied by
large informal settlements - each occupied by 10-15,000 people. Household
interview and physical surveys were conducted and alternative development
plans drawn up, costed and evaluated.
Because of the large file size of the appendices, these are presented separately. Please see:
Guide to Good Practice in Core Area Development. Delhi: Field Studies and Workshop. Appendices A to I.