The Central Line tracks are bounded by buildings up to within a few feet of the passing trains, which are periodically demolished in "slum clearance" drives. As this mother, washing her clothes outside her house on the tracks, said to me: "All we ask is for our houses to be registered so that they cannot be demolished." Six months later, all these buildings had been cleared back twenty metres and their hundreds of families moved to squalid "transit camps" in Sion to await construction of new homes in North Bombay.

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