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Mumbai’s Dilapidated Buildings

Almost every monsoon season brings news of buildings collapsing in Mumbai, particularly in the congested “city area,” though this is true of the suburbs and extended suburbs as well. The situation of “dilapidated buildings” and the miserable conditions of their occupants are examined here.

Mumbai city accommodates nearly 22 million people who seem to be in a perpetual state of non-stop activity. This is known to be a city that embraces people in almost all circumstances. In short, this is part of what is popularly termed the “Mumbai spirit.”

For the vast majority of its residents, commuting from home to work and back again is the focus of their daily lives. Mumbai comprises a “city” area that is almost 70 to 90 years old, the western suburbs that are about 50 years old and the eastern suburbs that are estimated to be around 40 years old. With a rapidly increasing population, the local authority’s jurisdiction has also extended to ensure essential services. However, trade and business activities have remained in the city area. In the past 20-odd years, this area has experienced an explosion in terms of growth that is attributed to
migration from other regions seeking business and employment opportunities. Nearly 40% of Mumbai’s residents are in slums, which translates to around nine million people. The demand and supply for and of residential homes has taken on a chaotic arithmetic that is hard to decipher, let alone resolve. Added to this, is Mumbai’s dense traffic volume of 2.8 million cars. In the last five years, the situation has only worsened and the traffic snarls resulting out of construction activities (of course in the name of development and for a so-called “better tomorrow”) have made daily commuting more nightmarish. Mumbai’s residents are forced to “accommodate themselves to the situation.”

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Updated On : 9th Aug, 2019
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