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Located Mumbai India.


What is the population?


How much of the population live in sub-standard housing or unofficial housing?

10 million and 60%

Where is Byculla? And how many pavement dwellers live illegally under the threat of demolition?

Central Mumbai and 25,000

How big are the dwellings? How many services do they have (electricity water sewage)? Are the inhabitants one of the richest or poorest in society?

6ft by 8ft , none and poorest

What did 'Pavement women' set up in Byculla? And in 1985 what did they stop?

Mahila Milan (women together) as a self help organisation



They stopped the demolition of pavement dwellings.

What did the women of Mahila Milan do first?

A 'land search' all over Mumbai for land that could be available to build housing for the pavement dwellers

Who did they successfully negotiate with to obtain sites for their new homes

Mumbai authorities

With assistance from who what did they plan?

With assistance from National Slum Dwellers federation they planned large housing projects to rehouse pavement dwellers.

What happened in 2006?

A block of apartments were completed in Milan Nagar, further out of Mumbai, housing 83 families from Byculla.

What is hoped for over time?

That all pavement dwellers of Mumbai can be rehoused

What size are the apartment in Milan Nagar ? And what facilities do they have?

225 sq. ft - while far bigger than pavement dwellings, it is only size of a British living room.



Basic facilities water, electricity and sewerage.

What are 2 problems with the apartments in Milan Nagar?

They have to pay rent whereas living in pavement dwelling is free.



People are much further away from the city centre where a lot of employment and small trade takes place .

What are the other 2 problems with the apartments?

Transport by train is expensive for them


Some households throw their rubbish out the window and the waste disposal around site is poor

What else did Mahila Milan do to self help in the community ?

Set up savings schemes so pavement dwellers and illiterate women could save money


They support orphaned homeless 'street children' with meals and basic education. In return they collect and recycle rubbish.