The production of space in the negotiation of water and electricity supply in a bosti of Dhaka

Publication year: 2011
Source: Habitat International, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Shahadat, Hossain

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) and Dhaka Electricity Supply Company (DESCO) do not provide any direct utility supply in the informal settlements of Dhaka where more than one third of the total city population live. Large numbers of the population thus access utilities from local vendors who maintain relationships with administrative staff of the authorities concerned, political leaders and influential community leaders, thus making the supply available in the settlement and continuing their informal utility business. Access to these utilities is negotiated in the continuously changing arrangements of a complex hybrid institutional sphere and under informal regulation. In…

 Highlights: ► This paper presents the relationship and dependency in informal utility business. ► Informal utility supply induces a way of informal social regulation and control. ► It indicates the limits of informal practice as an effective social movement. ► Author’s residency in the study community allowed a unique set of observations.