The Unattractive Landscapes of Mumbai

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Mumbai despite being the City of Dreams, The Manhattan of India, Land of Bollywood, India’s economic powerhouse, fails to acknowledge and bring to light to the poverty that lies within the shadows of this cosmopolitan metropolis called Mumbai.

Though Slumdog Millionaire’s success at Oscars has thrown some light on the Slums of Mumbai. Some call the slums an embarrassing eyesore in the middle of India’s financial capital…Its residents call it home.

Sometimes Pictures speak louder than words. While I can’t even begin to put into words what life in the slums must be like, having lived a privileged life myself, here’s a collection images that show Slum life in Mumbai, the only thing missing is the smell that can only be described as part dry fish and part human waste along with a hundred others. According to the United Nations, one billion people worldwide live in slums. 55% of the population of Mumbai lives in slums, which cover only 6-8% of the city’s land. Mumbai is the most populated city in the world with approximately 14 million people living in the proper city itself, not including areas considered the urban area or the metropolitan area. With a surface Area of 603 (km²). The Population density in Mumbai is 23,088 (/km²). Approximately 7 million people live in slums in Mumbai. It is said that 72.48% of this slum population is literate. Dharavi, Asia’s second largest slum is located in central Mumbai and houses a population of between 600,000 and 1 million people. Roughly about one-third of the world’s poor people live in India. More than 450 million Indians exist on less than $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank. Men work on roof-tops to recycle waste in the Dharavi slum. You can see the Bandra – Worli Sea link in the background. This is the hard core reality of the Financial Capital of India. This is really sad and disturbing reality of Mumbai Slum and these people call it Home………