In India there has been a gradual transformation of standards and regulations to be more inclusive and participatory. At the same time there has been a greater acceptance and tolerance of spontaneous settlement and a movement towards greater self-regulation, rather than outright forbiddance of such settlements. In India, there has been a piecemeal development of standards and regulations governing upgrading of informal settlements, but the process is far from complete, and there are differing degrees of acceptance and enthusiasm for these standards depending on particular municipalities. A case study from the city of Alwar is presented.
Paper presented at the First RGUU International Workshop held at Bourton on Dunsmore, UK, May 17-18, 2001, 16 pp.