Bakkarwala Resettlement Colony, New Delhi

This site was chosen based on geospatial analysis, and where the catchment is located. Additionally, Mahila Housing Sewa Trust, one of the consortium partners of AIWASI CDP (MHT) has an existing relationship with this community.


Bakkarwala resettlement colony was setup in the late 2000’s and spreads across an area of approximately 6.14 square kilometres. It has main 7 blocks (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H) with about 2500 households.


The primary occupation within the settlement includes construction workers, domestic labourers, factory workers and street vendors. The community receives an average monthly income of INR 4,000-10,000 Many houses on the main streets have been rented out, or turned into small shops, while some vacant edges have been converted into small religious shrines. High groundwater level and water quality is hard, but it is still used for non-potable household chores.


The site is mainly occupied by Rajasthan, Gujarati and Bihari communities. These communities have been relocated as part of proposed developments around the Commonwealth Games held in 2010.


The overflows from the drain seep into the water storage tank, thus compromising the quality of water. This issue seems to be prevalent during monsoon.