The population of the world's cities has doubled in the last thirty years and will double again in the next twenty. An increasing percentage of the world's population is living in transitional settlements—shanty towns where non-integrated population groups crowd into makeshift, insanitary shelters which lack water, drainage, gas and electricity; and where the lack of protection against the hazards of fire and flood breeds a sense of insecurity. In the Third World, the result has been skyscrapers of steel and glass surrounded by slums of mud and wood. In both developed and developing countries the last decade in particular saw the rapid growth of unconventional urban settlements—squatter areas, slums, and, of less importance, mobile home parks.
Living in India's Slums: A Case Study of Bangalore
Living in India's Slums: A Case Study of Bangalore | Environment & Urbanization
Slums in India Essay: Slums around and within the big towns are a growing problem in our country. People migrating from the villages, attracted by the glamour of town life; come to the towns with no roof over their heads, no habitation to keep them indoor. They take up odd jobs — rickshaw pulling, vegetable selling or any such job that comes their way and then where to stay, what to do? They gather together some pieces of wool or cardboards, encroach upon a piece of land found lying vacant, raise semblance of walls and cover them with pieces of cloth or anything that they find, sack or rags or plastic sheets and that becomes their home.
Essay About Slum
The expansion and persistence of slums in Mumbai is primarily a function of failed housing policies combined with other political factors, writes Fellow Yue Zhang. When you fly into Mumbai and the plane is landing, the first thing that meets your eyes is a cramped sprawl of corrugated iron—roofed huts. They are right next to the airport runway, quietly yet powerfully reminding you that you are entering a city where nearly half of the population lives in slums. Image Credit Wilson Center.
Yet another attempt to redevelop Dharavi must take the lessons of past failures on board. Dharavi is shorthand for the challenges and complexities of Indian urbanization. Various attempts over the decades to redevelop the slum occupying prime real estate in the heart of Mumbai have foundered on those complexities.