Kathputhli slum

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The Kathputhli Slum Area is an urban slum in Jaipur, India, with a population of approximately 10,000 people.


The population of the slum in Kathputhli is mainly inhabited by sweepers, rag-pickers, artisans and general labourers, who have migrated from rural areas to a more urban setting. The main draw for these people to urban areas is the hope of better jobs, higher pay, modern housing and an upgrading of their lifestyle from rural workers to middle-class landowners, enjoying the benefits of life in a globalised world.

Kathputhli dwellers are normally migrants from Rajasthan rural areas and there is a strong cottage industry within the slums of puppet making. Local artisans, some of them itinerant puppet performers, have settled in the area to continue making puppets, performing shows and selling their handiwork to tourists and the large number of wealthy people who site see around Jaipur.


The Kathputhli housing structures there are mainly semi-permanent. And it is now legally considered to be a colony, rather than a "slum" which generally denotes illegal squatters. Constructed of claybrick, cow dung and concrete. A few of the informal canteens and tea stalls have access to mains power and water. The development level of the slum matches the early stages of the residential areas of Maharashtra's Ichalkaranji, which started off as a more informal squatter community before the graduation to land rights, water, electricity and permanent...
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