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Dharavi slums

Dharavi Slum in Mumbai is one of the largest slums in the world, around 6km away from the main city. The slum is home to more than a million people coming from different parts of the country.  It is spread over an area up to 427 acre and is a triangular set which is divided between the Western and Central suburban railway lines with Mahim, Matunga and Sion railway stations forming its corners. It is one of the major tourist sites in Mumbai, a peep inside to which familiarizes you with the reality of lower-middle class people. Dharavi was founded during British Colonial era in 1882. In early 18th century, the slum was inhabited by Kolis (fisher folk) who lived near the river. The Gazetteer of Bombay had stated Dharavi slum as one among the ‘six great Koliwadas of Bombay’.

Currently Dharavi forms a blend of diverse religion, culture and tradition as it houses migrants from Gujrati community, Muslim tanners from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtrians from Konkan coast and artisans from Uttar Pradesh. There are also successful leather trade and garment industry and leather showrooms that form an essential highlight of the place, turning the image of slum into an establishing township.