Sheltering Dignity: Exploring the Hurdles in PMAY-U Implementation

Author  | Neha Maria Benny


As India undergoes rapid urbanisation, the challenge of providing suitable, affordable, and quality housing has become more pronounced. This paper examines the housing challenges in urban India, emphasising issues of dispossession, prolonged resettlement waits, slum redevelopment challenges, and governance issues. The paper focuses on the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), arguing for its comprehensive reevaluation and innovative implementation of upcoming schemes. It explores the roots of informal settlements, the impact of unplanned urbanisation, and the struggles faced by the urban poor. It also analyses the existing housing policies and schemes, presenting recommendations for a more inclusive and sustainable approach.