Wednesday, December 14, 2016


As part of the Sustainably Smart Pune project, we conducted a household survey in Ghole road municipal ward. The survey was aimed at understanding how various city services are being used by different income categories of people. It is important to assess the usage of different city functions/services by different income categories if you want to make real changes in the quality of life of those affected by them.

To get a fair representation of the ward, we selected samples from 4 income categories of people : HIG (high Income group), MIG (middle income group), LIG (low income group) and SLUMs.  It was an interview survey where our interns went to houses and filled the form online/paper.

It was an extensive survey covering socio- economic parameters, household services, infrastructure services, lifestyle services etc.  In a series of blog posts, I would like to share some of the interesting outcomes of the survey, findings , comments etc.  

Starting with the socio-economic parameters: HH size, income, education, occupation, expenditure and savings. 

1.HH size
*While most of the HIG, MIG,LIG households have 4 to 5 members, a large number of slums have  6 family members. 

2. HH Income

*Many were not willing to share the data, but plausible indications of divide is clear. 

3. Educational qualifications

*More than 35% of men and women  are educated above 10th in LIG and Slums.

These are few obvious indicators of  divide between the income categories.  It is clear from the education, income, unemployment graphs that lower the income, lower the education level, higher unemployment – leading to lower income and low standard of living – this is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. 

In the next blog, more on Occupation, Savings and Expenditure pattern will be analysed. 

We would love to hear from you. If you wish to read the whole survey and analysis report, please mail us. We would love to share it with you. 

Anu Kuncheria