Squatter settlement case study: Dharavi, Mumbai, India



[3 December 2012]
[3 December 2012]
[7 September 2008]



BBC News - Life in a slum


SFGate - Slums separate Bombay from its future / Struggle over plans for redevelopment slows city's progress [12 October 2006]

  1. Where in the world is Dharavi?
  2. Describe the location of Dharavi.
  3. Briefly describe the history of Dharavi.
  4. What is the current population of Dharavi?
  5. Describe the industry and economic activities that can be found in Dharavi.
  6. Using actual quotes and examples describe what it is like to live in Dharavi.
  7. Why do some people want to redevelop in Dharavi?
  8. Describe the planned redevelopment of Dharavi.
  9. What criticisms have there been of the planned redevelopment of Dharavi?
  10. What alternative projects have been suggested to improve Dharavi besides its complete destruction?
  11. Which proposed project – building a new town on the site or improving the current shanty town – do you think is the best and why?


A map of part of the urban settlement of Dhaka, Bangladesh
A map of part of the urban settlement of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  1. Give three pieces of map evidence which suggest that this area is part of a squatter settlement and not occupied by high-cost housing. [3 marks]
  2. Suggest why many people living in rural areas in developing countries make the decision to migrate to urban settlements such as Dhaka. [5 marks]
  3. Describe what has been done to improve the quality of life in squatter settlements in developing countries. You should refer to examples which you have studied to illustrate your answer. [7 marks]