Highrise in loose mud

  • 14/03/2006

Highrise in loose mud early Tamil Muslim tannery owners, settling on a piece of land by the Mahim river in Mumbai, called it Dharavi. It is Tamil for loose mud. Early January this year, at the Pravasi Diwas at Hyderabad, non-resident Indian businessmen were upbeat over the opportunity in this loose mud. The refashioning of Dharavi, Asia's largest slum, has been on the cards for a while. But the plan has gathered sudden momentum in the past few months. It is a noble plan: resettling 76,000 families (about 600,000 people) from their present unhygienic, dingy surroundings to