Whether with a meagre dwelling or a sumptuous abode, making a home of one’s house is a universal human desire. That’s easier said than done for some. One in six people in urban India lives in informal settlements clustered in slums that are unfit for habitation.
The Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission, or ‘Jaga Mission’ — a three-year-old partnership between the Odisha government and the Tata Trusts — is an example of how the urban poor can be supported with decent housing in an environment that’s conducive to living and their well-being.
Thanks to the Mission, more than 65,000 families now have land rights; some 25,000 households have been aided in building permanent houses; and 550 slums in 28 urban local bodies have been recast with basic services and infrastructure, and integrated with main city areas.
The Jaga Mission is part of the Tata Trusts’ urban habitat initiatives, which have benefitted close to 300,000 people spread over 116 urban local bodies in five states of India.