18 Facts About Dharavi


Dharavi is a locality in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, considered to be one of the world's largest slums.

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Dharavi slum was founded in 1884 during the British colonial era, and grew because the expulsion of factories and residents from the peninsular city centre by the colonial government and from the migration of rural Indians into urban Mumbai.

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Dharavi has an active informal economy in which numerous household enterprises employ many of the slum residents—leather, textiles and pottery products are among the goods made inside Dharavi.

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Dharavi has suffered from many epidemics and other disasters, including a widespread plague in 1896 which killed over half of the population of Bombay.

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At India's independence from colonial rule in 1947, Dharavi had grown to be the largest slum in Bombay and all of India.

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Soon Dharavi was surrounded by the city, and became a key hub for informal economy.

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Companies from around the world have bid to redevelop Dharavi, including Lehman Brothers, Dubai's Limitless and Singapore's Capitaland Ltd.

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Latest urban redevelopment plan proposed for the Dharavi area is managed by American-trained architect Mukesh Mehta.

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Dharavi planning to do it is building infrastructure and affordable housing projects in Singapore and Dubai.

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Dharavi is close to the Bandra Kurla Complex, which is India's richest business district and one of the richest in Asia.

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Total current population of Dharavi slum is unknown because of floating population of migrant workers, albeit voter turnout of 2019 state legislative assembly election was 1,19,092.

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Dharavi is a large area situated between Mumbai's two main suburban railway lines, the Western and Central Railways.

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Dharavi is considered one of the largest slums in the world.

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Two major suburban railways feed into Dharavi, making it an important commuting station for people in the area going to and from work.

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Markets for Dharavi's goods include stores in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Dharavi has experienced a long history of epidemics and natural disasters, sometimes with significant loss of lives.

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However, once having entered the narrow lanes Dharavi proves that the prejudice of slums as dirty, underdeveloped, and criminal places does not fit real living conditions.

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Dharavi, Slum for Sale by Lutz Konermann and Rob Appleby is a German documentary.

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