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Urban Slum Population

According to a report prepared by government committee headed by Dr Pranob Sen, principal adviser, Planning Commission, India's urban slum population is registering an alarming rate of growth and will cross 100 million by 2017 from the estimated 75.2 million in 2001.

According to the report India's urban slum population is expected to reach 93.06 million by 2011.The committee set up the Ministry to study the slum definition and estimate urban slum population in the country has also revised the census 2001 figure which predicted India's slum population at 52.4 million.

The new definition of slum states that even small clusters of 20-25 households living in a contiguous area and exhibiting slum like characteristics like little or no access to basic civic amenities like water, sanitation and sewerage should be categorised as slums. Earlier the cluster size for identification of slums was 60 households.