The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU Working Paper - No. 105

Kerala Community Development Society: Alleppy


24 July 1999

Authors: Janelle  Plummer and Sean de Cleene

Publication Date: 1999

Alleppy is a medium-sized town. At the last census in 1991, it had a population of 177,606, distributed among 32,124 households. The average population density is quite low at around 56 persons per hectare. Politically, the town is divided into 36 wards. Alleppy has a relatively stable population. According to Municipal officials, CDS functionaries and two local NGOs, there is very little rural to urban migration.

Consequently the number of street dwellers is minimal and the itinerant community is small. There are also no large colonies in the town. The colonies that exist are small in size and most have been established for some time. This situation is very different from that in Kerala’s larger cities, particularly Trivandrum and Cochin, which have large ‘slum’ colonies and significant numbers of street dwellers.

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