Thursday, January 12, 2006

More on Mumbai

The Mail & Guardian Online reports on Mumbai's squatters. Developer Mukesh Mehta, who originally was pushing for a plan to modernize housing in Dharavi, the city's largest squatter community, has now become the spokesperson for a plan to rid the city of all squatter communities over the coming 15 years. I'd be more inclined to believe Mukesh, who I met while I was in Mumbai, if he had consulted with the squatters and gone ahead and shown what can be done without all the government fuss. Otherwise, these big plans tend to obey the golden rule: he who has the gold makes the rules.

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