Navi Mumbai is a large new settlement planned to accommodate four million residents. 32% of the current settlement has developed as informal housing. Elsewhere in the settlement the private sector shows little interest in low income housing, which is mostly being developed by a public agency - CIDCO. The focus of the current regulatory system is mostly on deterring land speculation and the ensuing delays this causes. Generally planning regulations usually present only a minor constraint to access to housing by low income groups. More significant are problems of institutional financing arrangements and regulatory procedures. CIDCO cannot meet the whole of the need for low income housing, so many residents are having to face difficulties with regulatory systems that do not assist them. A series of recommendations are presented which would improve the present regulatory situation. It is proposed to document the recommendations and regulatory issues in a manual and disseminate these actively.
Paper presented at the Third RGUU International Workshop held 22-24 September 2003, UK, 4 pp.