Policy Briefs & Reports

The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB): The Challenges Facing a Strong, Progressive Agency

Shahana Sheikh, Subhadra Banda

Cities of Delhi, Centre for Policy Research

May 14, 2014


By far the largest share of the DUSIB budget, a little over 63 percent, is spent relocating JJCs, including construction of flats under JNNURM.
A range of actors inside and outside of DUSIB reflect an overwhelming perception of the agency and its predecessor as marginal and weak.
Despite its clear mandate, DUSIB has limited capacity to effect improvement on the ground, and there has been little effort to increase that capacity.
The DUSIB Act, which appears to have been a sweeping mandate for coordinating all relocation of JJCs in Delhi is, upon closer examination and after subsequent government orders, dramatically limited. The DUSIB only has oversight over one third of JJCs in the city.
Prioritisation of a JJC for rehabilitation has very little to do with improving conditions and services in the settlement, but rather is based on the respective land-owning agency’s need for the land.
It is clear that the DUSIB has not been able to cope with a core element of its central mandate: to provide adequate EWS housing for relocated JJC residents. By the end of 2014, DUSIB should have 88,000 flats ready for occupancy. Even if construction of the reported 40,000 EWS flats is complete by the end of 2014, the DUSIB will still face a gap of 25,000 EWS flats.
A report of the Cities of Delhi project.