Data Tales


Housing Policy Timeline: Part 1

By on May 25th 2022

The Housing Policy Timeline is an attempt to understand and analyse the key policy shifts within this period. The timeline deals with the evolution of public policies on housing in India, and the consecutive Five-Year Plan wise allocation of funds towards housing schemes and policy initiatives. Across the timeline, the various schemes and policies initiated and institutions set up help in understanding the role of economic and political ideologies and priorities.

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A continuum of housing document types in Bengaluru slums

By and on February 23rd 2022

This Data Tale presents the complexity of housing documentation possessed by residents of slums in Bangalore. Based on an extensive survey by the authors, the findings of which are detailed in an accompanying opinion piece, they document 18 different kinds of documents, divided into three categories. These are listed here with accompanying illustrative images where available.

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Mixed-use housing in Indian cities: a data snapshot

By and on August 3rd 2021

Mixed-use development has gained popularity in the field of urban planning, particularly in Indian megacities, where economic activity and residential lives are often situated in close proximity to each other. This data tale analyses NSSO data to provide a snapshot of residential houses reporting mixed-use in urban areas of India.

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The myth about consolidation in real estate

By on June 24th 2021

The common narrative of most talk shows, media articles, and investor presentations suggests consolidation in the real estate market in recent years. The general perception is that demonetization and introduction of RERA and GST compliances have made real estate a business of deep pockets where smaller developers have been or are being acquired by the large developers and there is massive consolidation in the market. However, data from Liases Foras shows a completely different story. 

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The Geography of Affordable Housing in Chennai

By , and on June 4th 2021

Affordable housing in Chennai means a unit costing between ₹ 8 and 20 lakh (₹8-10.2 lakh for EWS and ₹16-20 lakh for LIG households), based on the Deepak Parekh Committee’s definition of affordability. In practice, however, state agencies as well as private builders define affordable housing by size, referring to units of 300 to 600 square feet.  This approach has contributed to making most “affordable” housing produced in the city unaffordable to EWS and LIG households.

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The What, Why, And How Of Changing Cooling Energy Consumption In India’s Urban Households

By on May 28th 2021

India’s urbanising middle class is at the brink of an unprecedented increase in residential cooling demand. New research by Centre for Policy Research and the University of Oxford answers a set of fundamental questions around India’s cooling transition.

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Owners, Renters and Buyers: What happened over time? (Part-2)

By on April 16th 2021

This is the second in a series of data tales that looks into the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) panel dataset (2005-06 and 2011-12) to portray certain trends on the nature and profile of house ownership, renting and purchase in urban India. This part looks into the variation in the ownership of new houses based on size of houses and size of the households, to get an idea about which segment of the housing market has become more preferable than others over time.

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Owners, Renters and Buyers: What happened over time? (Part-1)

By on April 9th 2021

This is the first in a series of data tales that looks into the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) panel dataset (2005-06 and 2011-12) to portray certain trends on the nature and profile of house ownership, renting and purchase in urban India. While the previous series provided a comprehensive picture of housing supply in urban India, this one will focus more on the demand side parameters; such as profiles of buyers and renters in the housing market of these cities.

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Spatio-temporal variation of Residential Real Estate in India: Part-III

By on April 1st 2021

The private residential real estate market in urban India is diverse, and housing typologies vary within and across geographies. This is the third in a series of data pieces highlighting some of the characteristics of private real estate market in India across selected geographies between 2009-2019, based on data provided by Liases Foras, India’s only non-broking real-estate research company.

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Spatio-temporal variation of private residential real estate in India: Part-II

By on March 25th 2021

The private residential real estate market in urban India is diverse, and housing typologies vary within and across geographies. This is the second in a series of data pieces highlighting some of the characteristics of private real estate market in India across selected geographies between 2009-2019, based on data provided by Liases Foras, India’s only non-broking real-estate research company.

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