Squatter settlement case study: Dharavi, Mumbai, India
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]
- Where in the world is Dharavi?
- Describe the location of Dharavi.
- Briefly describe the history of Dharavi.
- What is the current population of Dharavi?
- Describe the industry and economic activities that can be found in Dharavi.
- Using actual quotes and examples – describe what it is like to live in Dharavi.
- Why do some people want to redevelop in Dharavi?
- Describe the planned redevelopment of Dharavi.
- What criticisms have there been of the planned redevelopment of Dharavi?
- What alternative projects have been suggested to improve Dharavi besides its complete destruction?
- Which proposed project – building a new town on the site or improving the current shanty town – do you think is the best and why?
- 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]
- Suggest why many people living in rural areas in developing countries make the decision to migrate to urban settlements such as Dhaka. [5 marks]
- 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]