One million people live in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum, located in Mumbai, India. Despite squalor conditions typical of slums, Dharavi is home to a booming recycling industry.
Two-hundred thousand of the slum dwellers work in the 15,000 single-room recycling factories. Nearly every household item from surrounding areas is recycled, including plastic, paper, candles, paint chips, and soap. Wait . . . soap? Not sure how that works, but cool!
The slum turned recycling hub may soon be recycled itself. India's government has plans to turn Mumbai — which is already a thriving economic center — into India's Shanghai. Under the plan "Vision Mumbai," Dharvai will be demolished, and replaced with simple high-rise blocks for its current residents, as well as shopping malls and luxury apartments.
Hopefully, the small-scale industry, which supports the community and the environment, will survive the massive redevelopment plan. Are you happy to see the demolition of the slum, or worried that it will ignore the already marginalized? When gentrification is inevitable, what is the best way to incorporate the existing population?
And, check out some beautiful pictures from Dharvai.