India’s Poor Make Parking Lots Their Home

March 7, 2012 by staff 

India’s Poor Make Parking Lots Their Home, By day, it’s a parking lot. By night, it’s home for nearly 100 people. Meena Bazaar Park No. 2 and places like it across in New Delhi are 60-cent-a-night refuges in a city where housing has been woefully unable to keep up with rapid population growth.

Some stay for one night. Others remain for decades. Each morning workers haul away the handmade wooden cots to make way for cars. Residents carry their possessions in plastic bags until nightfall.

They are day laborers, professional beggars and itinerant peddlers. Few hold regular jobs, or earn more than $4 a day. Even a tin shanty in one of New Delhi’s slums is beyond the reach of many of them.

Some say life there is not so bad, but concede that they would live somewhere else if they could.

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