In Hyderabad rapid economic growth,
rising population and rapid urbanization have resulted
in a regular increased demand for housing infrastructure.
According to a current survey it is estimated that around
290,000 housing units are present in Hyderabad District
at this juncture. Around 60% are occupied by middle and
lower socio-economic classes in congested part of old
city area, urban slums (Katchi abadi) and villages. Average
household size of urban part of these areas is above 7
persons per household. There are some other salient features
of current housing situation in Hyderabad as under:
- Housing and other basic civic services are substandard in most
of the localities in Hyderabad.
- The problem multiplied with increased intensity of population
in urban areas. Despite the quantitative increase in
the housing stock over successive decades, the housing
situation in Hyderabad continuous to be unsatisfactory.
- The gap in demand and supply of housing stock has increased,
causing over crowding in existing housing colonies and
formation of slums.
- In the former Hyderabad District around 77 percent of the housing
units were owned houses in the district. It was higher
at 81.67 percent in rural areas as compared to 71.24
percent in urban areas. The percentage of rent free
houses were 14.07 in the whole district slightly higher
at 16.9 in rural areas as compared to 10.73 in urban
areas. Almost similar proportional situation lies in
the present Hyderabad.
- In 1998 there was a total backlog of 5,340 Housing Units out of
that 4,013 units were required only in Urban Talukas
of the District.
- Total Housing units Shortage is computed as backlog in 1998, plus
additional required Housing Units in the interval of
1998-2007 and plus increase in the requirement of dwelling
Units in the period of twenty years i-e 2007-2027, which
gives additional requirement of 127,767 Housing units
for Hyderabad Urban.
- Housing Shortage is Projected and computed for Rural Taluka of
Hyderabad District from year 2007 to year 2027, which
is 25,400 Housing units.
- In 2007 total number of Household in Hyderabad Urban areas was
246,433 and expected to increase 374,200 in 2027 with
an annual average uniform growth rate of 6 percent.
- Households headed by working age person are estimated to be 211,810
in 2007 makes 90 percent of total Household heads this
percentage is expected to decline to 84.45 percent.
This is mainly due to expected increase in life expectancy.
There will be minor decline in male headship rates from
0.93 to 0.91 percent.
- Commercialization and Speculation factors are very high that is
making the land unaffordable and promoting unhealthy
lifestyles in slums.
There are several development and municipal
agencies with private developers who are responsible for
the current conditions of living in Hyderabad including
Hyderabad Development Authority, Katchi Abadi Authority,
Provincial Directorate of Town Planning, TMAs and several
organizational and individual developers.
District Government Hyderabad is well aware
of the situation and trying to its level best for overcoming
the shortfalls and increasing the standard of livelihood
through various intervention programs. Development of
Kohsar phases and announcement of Gulistan-e-Sarmast
housing schemes are the evidence of immediate relief projects
by current District Government. A mega project of Hyderabad
Master Plan is another initiative of District Government
that will normalize the housing situation and fulfill
the required demand by providing a number of expansion
scenarios and will accommodate more than 1 million populations.