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Updated with technology, but lack basic amenities

Over 22,000 households in all slums of the city may not have rudimental amenities such as clean drinking water and toilet, but have luxuries like mobile phone, television and computer, according to recent census data on slums.

chandigarh Updated: May 03, 2013 12:16 IST

Over 22,000 households in all slums of the city may not have rudimental amenities such as clean drinking water and toilet, but have luxuries like mobile phone, television and computer, according to recent census data on slums.

Out of total 22,080 households, 10,648 are availing banking services while television seems to be one of the top priorities as 10,880 households have one television set each. The figures show that 13,496 have mobile phones while 1,189 possess two-wheelers. Also, 209 slum households have cars. A total of 126 households are using internet services.

In contrary, mere 4% households have the facility of latrine within the premises, while the remaining are using public latrine. Census also disclosed that 22% of the households are in a dilapidated condition, while 20% have untreated source of drinking water.

The data also shows that 79% use kerosene as fuel for cooking, while 12% use firewood. Just over 6% use LPG for the purpose of cooking.

The data also reveals that more than 88% slum households used electricity for lighting, while the rest used alternative means such as kerosene.

As per UT administration’s official record, the city is house to a total of 18 slums spread in different parts. The slums in Chandigarh include Ambedkar Colony, Gurusagar Colony, Janta Colony, Kabari Colony, Kalyan Colony, Kuldeep Colony, Kumhar Colony, Colony Number 4, Colony Number 5, LBS Colony, Madrasi Colony, Majdoor Colony, Nehru Colony, Rajiv Colony, Sanjay Colony, Mauli Jagran, Shahpur Colony and Pandit Colony.

According to official figures, Colony Number 5 has maximum population living in a total of 7,035 houses followed by Colony Number 4 with 5,185 houses.


Total number of household: 22,080

Specified assets/ facilities
Radio: 2,527
Television: 10,880
Computer/laptop: 889
Internet: 126
Mobile phone: 13,496
Car/Jeep: 209
Household availing banking service: 10,648
Latrine facility within the premises: 869
Water from untreated source: 4,544

Condition of households
Households in good condition: 1,313
Households in livable condition: 15,930
Households in dilapidated condition: 4,837

Fuel used for cooking
LGP: 1,343
Kerosene: 17,582
Fire wood: 2,763

Material of roof and wall
Grass/thatch/bamboo: 2,996
Polythene: 1,011
Metal/sheets: 16,177

Source of lighting
Electricity: 19,440
Kerosene: 2,016
Solar energy: 153