About the Book :
The present study is an effort to delve into the housing market in Hyderabad, where a gap between the demand and supply is very obvious. It is found that while the houses of the upper and upper middle class continue to boom, the middle class is found wobbling for want of housing; the lower echelons of the socio economic strata again have some amount of assistance by way of governmental schemes to provide housing. The shift from independent houses to multistoried complexes is also very much evident in Hyderabad over a period of time. The recommendations that flow out from this study are that land meant for housing the underprivileged should be supported and funds at low rates of interest should be provided for construction purpose. Home loan rates should be lowered as also the Income Tax exemption limit on home loan interest repayment. Development of integrated township in the area which can also house information technology firms can be taken up. The development of the township can be undertaken, in the private public partnership. The poor can be provided access to safe drinking water and drainage. Also pollution control and personal safety in slums can help the poor. This will cut down the health costs of the less privileged. Inclusiveness in housing can be brought about by providing reasonably priced housing and also by guarding rental housing and ensuring that people are not displaced due to reasons beyond their control. This is apart from providing a well knit society, more so that which is assorted from the religious, cultural and caste point of view, giving a multi-cultural touch to the society, which will be healthy, tolerant and nationalistic.
About Author :
Kalpana Markandey did her doctorate from Osmania University, Hyderabad and has been teaching at the Geography Department of the same University for the past three decades. She has been the Head of the Department and Chairperson Board of Studies of this Department with a credit of starting M.Sc. Geoinformatics at Osmania University. She has contribution of publishing nine books and around 35 research papers having successfully completed ten research projects. She is also member of numerous professional bodies.
B. Srinagesh, working as Associate Professor, has an experience of 12 years in teaching as well as research. He has 19 papers to his credit. His area of specialization is urban and regional geography. He has three major research projects to his credit and one minor research project. He has been actively involved in many International and National Conferences as Organizing Secretary. He has done 10 programmes in collaboration with UGC-EMMRC, Hyderabad. At present he is holding the post of Additional Controller of Examination, Osmania University, Hyderabad. He is a visiting faculty to reputed institutions in Hyderabad.