Saturday, June 22, 2024

Vanished voices; displaced in Mumbai’s Govandi say politicians ignore their plight

Slums and ghettos are an inevitable part of every Indian urban landscape, a byproduct of burgeoning population densities in cities. These areas often symbolize the relentless struggle to survive, fulfill ambitions, or rise above adversity—a narrative familiar to many through films and stories. In Mumbai’s Govandi East, just half a kilometer from Govandi railway station lies a slum that recently faced a devastating blow. Tata Nagar, located beside a canal, saw its residents lose everything overnight, left to fend for themselves under the open sky without any support or advocacy.

A few months ago, the Bombay Municipal Corporation demolished the entire area without prior notice, leaving hundreds homeless and destitute. Now, men, women, and children primarily practice Buddhism and Islam and live amidst the rubble, exposed to the elements without shelter. Struggling to meet their basic needs, they lack access to food, water, and secure housing, and are forced to pay for public toilets to maintain minimal sanitation. This is a try to shed light on their plight, amplifying their voices in the hope of sparking change.

Watch full report by Sahid Faris and Mohammed Noufal PM

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