24 January, 2021

Heaven In A Chawl

A fork in the path for the world's largest slum: community rebuilding vs clearing out

Heaven In A Chawl

Mehta' Grand Plan: Turn Dharavi into an upper middle-class suburb by 2010

  • Divide Dharavi into 12 sectors. Each will cost Rs 450 crore to develop.

  • Current slum-dwellers will get free housing

  • Health: Drinking water, drainage systems, hospitals, gymnasiums

  • Income: Infrastructure for industries and transportation of produce

  • Knowledge: Schools, colleges, vocational colleges, ceramic, leather and fashion design and training centre

  • Environment: 15 per cent open spaces, water and solid waste management systems

  • Socio-cultural spaces: Parks, sports complexes, entertainment areas, community halls

NGO Objections

  • Dharavi residents don’t need any outside dole. With the right support, the community can rehabilitate itself. Builders like Mehta just want to make money.

  • In reality, residents will be ousted and resettled on land no one wants...


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