Many travel agencies provide you with a tour Dharavi, which is a gateway to another world. You will walk in the narrowest lanes and areas so cramped up that the sunlight barely touches it. People at Dharavi live in 'chawls' which are one-room tenements acting both as living space and working space. Dharavi is mainly divided into two parts. One that is residential and the other being commercial.
In addition to the textile industries and traditional pottery units, there is an important recycling industry inside the slums. These industries mainly function to process waste from other parts of Mumbai. Recycling in Dharavi employees about 250,000 people. While recycling accounts as a significant industry in the area, it also garners a lot of pollution. Keeping in mind the fact that so many people commute here for work-related purposes, two prominent suburban railway lines are connecting this neighbourhood with other parts of the city.
A walk inside Dharavi will also enlighten you with the fact that many of the goods exported from Mumbai are produced here. The products are mainly leather, textiles, jewellery and a wide range of accessories. It would be shocking for you to know that buy a leather jacket in Dharavi would cost you close to INR 4000. The goods produced here are marketed all over the world, mainly in the United States, the Middle East and some parts of Europe. Interestingly, the total informal economic turnover rounds up to an estimated US$500 million to US$650 and even reaching US$1 billion annually (good luck converting this amount in Indian Rupees). The per capita income of the residents is estimated to be around US$500 to US$2000 annually.
When Danny Boyle's academy award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire portrayed Dharavi (although negatively), the place got worldwide recognition, booming tourism in this area even more.
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