Vakil Khan in his new house off 60 Feet Road. The Maharashtrian housing authority, MHADA, has brought in legislation which enables slum residents to organise themselves into associations to make the land on which they live available for private development. The developer builds 5-story blocks of 22.5 square metre rooms for the original residents, and on the remaining land is free to build higher buildings with lifts for private sale. Despite the liberal, even revolutionary nature of this legislation, it took Vakil several years to negotiate the complex bureaucracy required to register the land for the seventy families who originally lived on it as squatters in corrugated sheeting jhopdas (shacks). Dharavi has many such projects underway as it is increasingly popular as a residential area with good access for work to downtown Bombay.

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