Delhi’s going nuclear with a vengeance.
As many as 90% of families here are made up of a couple, with or without children. The days of joint families, bustling with grandparents, cousins and uncles all under one roof, are all but gone. And even getting a roof of their own is a distant dream for nearly 37% of families in the city.
The 65th National Sample Survey Round July 2008-June 2009 on ‘Housing Conditions in Delhi’ revealed these and other insights into how Delhi lives. It found that more and more Delhiites live in families with two to four persons — mostly couples. A little over 76% families have only one married couple, 8.39% have two married couples and only 1.73% has three or more married couples.
“In a city with growing lifestyle choices, young people with good incomes always aspire to move out and form independent units,” said Janaki Abraham, reader in sociology at Delhi University. “With more migrants and people with transferable jobs coming here, the number of those living in rented accommodation will also be high.”
The survey also revealed that while a growing population creates more garbage, civic agencies collect trash from only 40% households in urban areas and 27% homes in rural areas.