Mumbai slums | Not much to dwell on

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With an eye on the polls, the Maharashtra government announces several steps for those covered under Mumbai’s slum redevelopment projects. But stalled projects and an alleged pro-builder bias are undoing any good intent

REDOING SHANTYTOWN: A swathe of Mumbai’s Dharavi slum, with tenement highrises for residents in its midst. (Photo: Milind Shelte)

Dhaval S. Kulkarni

Mumbai,ISSUE DATE: Oct 9, 2023 | UPDATED: Sep 29, 2023 19:15 IST

With the Lok Sabha and state assembly polls in 2024 drawing near, the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government in Maharashtra is going all-out to woo the powerful slum-dweller vote bank in Mumbai. The state government has decided to allot apartments in slum redevelop­ment schemes at Rs 2.5 lakh to residents of shanties that have come up between 2000 and 2011. It is estimated that this will cover around 1.6-1.8 million people as their slums are redeveloped in the coming years. Slum-dwellers whose houses were constructed before 2000 are legally protected and eligible for free housing. Many are housed in 300 square feet flats under Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) projects.

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