Delhi's public health crisis and the neglect of urbanisation

SOURCE: Local Economy
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): I.Turok
KEYWORDS: INDIA, POLLUTION, PUBLIC HEALTH, URBANISATION
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11553
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15498
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15498

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Abstract

India's capital city Delhi is facing an unprecedented public health crisis that is not receiving sufficient government attention. Rapid urbanisation is part of the challenge. For too long public authorities have neglected the needs of its expanding poor communities for decent and dignified living conditions. Meanwhile, affluent groups benefit from various government privileges that seem difficult to justify. One way of disrupting the inertia is for civil society organisations to engage communities in building a compelling evidence base to hold decision-makers to account and demand social change.