Visit Asia’s Largest Slum, DHARAVI: The Heart of Mumbai.
Why is Dharavi the heart of Mumbai?
In the 18th century, Dharavi was an island with predominantly mangrove swamp. It was a sparsely populated village before the late 19th century, inhabited by Koli fishermen. Dharavi was then referred to as the village of Koliwada. Dharavi slum was found in 1882 during the British Raj yet remains to be an iconic destination for the city lovers. Asia’s largest slum Dharavi lies on prime property right in the middle of Indian’s financial capital, Mumbai. Dharavi is much more than a historic area of Mumbai’s poverty. Most of these things are created innovatively, in very small spaces!
Dharavi which is one of the largest slums in Asia. Dharavi economic output is estimated to be approximately 1 billion US dollars annually much of that revenue is generated by the Rubies informal recycling industry over 20 million people live in Mumbai they produce over 6,500 tons of garbage every single day over 85% of that waste is recycled. Normally people think slum is all poor people left there but we are trying to show the different set of Dharavi slums which is a sense of community and friendly and hard work hard-working people that have is a place where many different kinds of people live there are very poor people and also very very rich also people who export stuff from here who make millions of rupees so it’s a city within the city we love doing this tour’s in Dharavi because this is not a monument where information always the same here we meet the real people and the real side of slum and this is how we are trying to change the legend about the Dharavi slums in Mumbai.
Dharavi is a Houses about One million of Mumbai’s inhabitant and its industries have an annual turnover of approximately US $ 665 million. It has a large number of thriving small-scale industries that produce embroidered garments, export quality leather goods, pottery, plastic and many more. Most of these products are made in tiny manufacturing units spread across the slum and are sold in domestic as well as international markets.
Dharavi is a large area situated between Mumbai’s two main suburban railway lines, the Western and Central Railways. To the west of Dharavi are Mahim and Bandra, and to the north lies the Mithi River. The Mithi River empties into the Arabian Sea through the Mahim Creek. The area of Antop Hill lies to the east while the locality called Matunga is located in the South. Due to its location and poor sewage and drainage systems, Dharavi particularly becomes vulnerable to floods during the wet season.
Dharavi is considered one of the largest slums in the world. The low-rise building style and narrow street structure of the area make Dharavi very cramped and confined. Like most slums, it is overpopulated. Compared to Mumbai’s urban floor space index (FSI) of a range from 5 to 15, in Dharavi, it is about 13.3. Government officials are considering changing the Dharavi’s floor space index to 4. Despite the expensive Mumbai lifestyle, Dharavi provides a cheap alternative where rent is as low as Rs.1000 per month.
Potable water is supplied by the MCGM to Dharavi and the whole of Mumbai. However, a large amount of water is lost due to water thefts, illegal connection, and leakage. The community also has a number of water wells that are sources of non-potable water.
The original power supply was undertaken by the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), which distributes power to the island city. In the year 2007, BEST had drawn up a plan for segregating Dharavi from the rest of the city. It was reported that the power supply to Dharavi would be privatized on the lines of Bhiwandi to curb power thefts.
Cooking gas is supplied in the form of liquefied petroleum gas cylinders sold by state-owned oil companies, as well as through piped natural gas supplied by Mahanagar Gas Limited. There are settlement houses that remain not having legal connections to the utility service and thus rely on an illegal connection to the water and power supply.
About Dharavi Walking Tour In Mumbai
We are pleased to welcome you to witness the hidden treasures of Mumbai. Our walking tours through the industries and residential areas of Dharavi show the unique strengths, opportunities, and challenges of the community. Our aim is to raise awareness while dispelling the negative attitudes many people have about slums. The tour offers walking through narrow alleyways of Dharavi for 2.5 hours. Dharavi Slum tours are emphasized on human spirits of operating in any conditions. Our friendly tour operators to take you the spot where Slumdog millionaire was actually filmed. With quite immeasurable residents, you may additionally witness the large periphery of diversity. The tour will then end with visiting a KumbharWada pottery colony, where visitors will get to have the unique glimpse of artisans creating all types of pots out of unfired, sun-dried clay.
Mumbai is fully staffed with Local guides. Most of your tour guide is university student living in Dharavi Slum that Helps them with their studies by providing a much-Needed financial gain to all or any permit them to study. By taking this tour you recognize you’re putting one thing into the material of Mumbai Society.
The most interesting thing, guide himself lives in Dharavi slum.
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