'More cellphones, TVs but pathetic sex ratio'

'More cellphones, TVs but pathetic sex ratio'

Overall living conditions improve, finds Delhi census

Showing a substantial improvement in overall living conditions of people in Delhi in the last decade, the ‘Houselisting and Housing Census 2011’ revealed that at least 91 per cent residents in the capital own a cellphone, 88 per cent own a television set and 29 per cent have computers.

The report, on the first phase of Census 2011 released on Monday, also said the number of households in Delhi has risen to 33.40 lakh from 25.50 lakh in the same period.

“More and more people own a television set now. Also, at least 90.80 per cent people own either a cellphone or a landline phone, as against 34.70 per cent a decade ago,” said director of census operations (NCT) Varsha Joshi.

“LPG and CNG connections have increased to 89.9 percent, up from 34.20 per cent in 2001.”

The percentage of residents who own some kind of capital asset has also increased.

Those without asset

Only 2.90 percent people in the city have no asset, compared to 14.10 percent in 2001. The percentage of schedule caste people in Delhi who own no capital asset is 4.70 percent, while it was 21.10 per cent in the last decade — the drop is a good sign.

The report said there has been a slight increase in vehicle ownership with only 37.10 percent residents not having a vehicle of their own as against 43.10 per cent in 2001. Some 30.60 per cent residents own a bicycle, 38.90 per cent a two-wheeler and 20.70 per cent a car.

Banking services amount for 77.70 per cent in 2011, up from 51 per cent in 2001.

Power supply

At least 99.10 per cent households in the capital have power supply, while only 0.10 per cent do not have any source of lighting. Some 0.70 per cent households depend on kerosene.

A major highlight of the census is improvement in quality of housing, both in rural and urban areas.

The rural-urban gap has been reduced by 7 per cent — from 44 per cent in 2001 to 37 percent now. The average number of persons living in a household has increased from two in 2001 to a maximum of five in 2011.

In 3.70 per cent households, only a single person lives, while in 7.60 per cent houses, two persons live.

Three persons live in 12.80 per cent households and 20.40 per cent households have four members.

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