An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Is India's largest Slum (Dharavi) ready for change?

Maharashtra Government wants the life in Dharavi to change.. but there is a lot of opposition from its residents. The level of masochism and suspicion is self crippling and crippling to the nation as well! The Govt. is looking to provide a more structured transformation.. is Dharavi ready?

Mukesh Mehta is the architect employed to put together a $2bn bid from major developers from across the world to demolish Dharavi and build homes and amenities its residents desperately need.

"Dharavi is a black hole – something we should be ashamed of," says Mr Mehta.

"My vision would be that it would be transformed into one of the better suburbs of Mumbai – it will be forgotten as any kind of slum – there will be state of the art modern amenities and a lot of happy people living in Dharavi."

But many of the residents have other ideas.

They refuse to be transformed by international companies who have little or no idea of their community and what it needs.

Their neighbourhood may be plagued by a crippling infrastructure but at the heart of Dharavi is a bustling business district that generates up to $39m a year.

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