Characteristics Of Dharavi Slum

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Dharavi Slums Introduction: Dharavi is a place that needs no introduction. It is Asia’s third largest and is one of the world’s largest slums, but in it resides one of India 's biggest industries which create products that are exported to far-away places in Europe and North America! Dharavi is residing up to 1 million squatters who have taken advantage of Dharavi’s ideal location and have set up their own little industries, which generate a total revenue of up to 665 million dollars every year! However, despite that, the slum residents of this place are extremely poor, and live their lives fighting to stay alive, and to feed their poor families. 2. What are the size and characteristics of Dharavi? Dharavi is Asia’s second largest, and…show more content…
In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was scarcely inhabited. In fact, most of the population there were fishermans who made out their income from fishing in the large swamps and rivers in Dharavi, and then selling them in the markets of Mumbai. However, due to Mumbai’s rapid urbanization, this soon changed.After the independence of India from the British colonies, the politicians of India were all busy earning the citizens’ votes, so that their government could rule the country. A large portion of India soon was soon ruled by an Indian political party. However, remote parts of the country, like Dharavi, still remained widely unpopulated, and ungoverned. Mumbai started becoming India’s finance hub, and it’s economy soared past other cities of India. The city’s population rapidly rose to 10 million city- making it one of India’s first megacities. Despite this growth, several states located in the Southern part of India were extremely poor, and their economies were drastically reducing because of the lack of employment and government facilities. As such, when the poorer populations heard about Mumbai’s thriving economy, they decided to migrate to there. Seeing the ideal and convenient location of Dharavi as a place to find work, they moved there. Soon, people took the advantage of Dharavi’s largely ungoverned land, and moved to Dharavi. However, populations in Dharavi increase so dramatically that it, along with the lack of basic facilities like sewerage, safe drinking water, and proper housing,transformed it into a slum. In conclusion, most slum dwellers in Dharavi come from the southern states of India like Uttar Pradesh( which are also some of the poorest), and come to Dharavi because they were seeking employment for themselves, and wanted to earn a living so that they were capable of feeding their poor
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