The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved on 3 September a $150 million loan to provide access to inclusive, resilient, and sustainable housing for the urban poor in Tamil Nadu, India.
The state of Tamil Nadu is vital to India’s economic growth, contributing 8.54% to the country’s gross domestic product. Economic opportunities have increased rural–urban migration in the state, which already has one of the highest urbanization rates in India. Tamil Nadu has a population of more than 72 million, nearly half of which are living in urban areas. The rapid urbanization and growth in the urban population will require adequate urban infrastructure and services, including housing.
“Tamil Nadu’s housing shortfall accounts for 6.66% of the national deficit, and when mapped against income levels, low-income households bear most of the shortage,” said ADB Principal Safeguards Specialist for South Asia Ricardo Carlos Barba. “The aim is to provide vulnerable and disadvantaged households access to inclusive, safe, and affordable housing infrastructure and services.”
Through the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, the project will construct housing units in nine different locations and relocate about 6,000 households vulnerable to natural hazards to safer locations. It will also help Tamil Nadu’s Directorate of Town and Country Planning develop regional plans to map the state’s economic and infrastructure development including affordable housing, environmental protection, disaster risk management, and gender.
A portion of ADB’s assistance will be invested by the state government as equity into the Tamil Nadu Shelter Fund to catalyze private sector financing and support investments mainly in industrial housing and working women’s hostels for low-income and migrant workers.