Mumbai has over 2 lakh vacant houses.
Then what explains the slums?
Why do we have such a large population of Mumbai living in slums, even though Mumbai has over two lakh houses lying vacant? How does the government cope with the dilemma of condoning illegal squatters while also having the mandate to provide welfare for the poor?
In the first episode of The Quint’s new podcast series, ‘Land of a Billion’, produced in association with PRRC, host Abhishek Shah looks at Mumbai’s housing crisis as he speaks with Prithviraj Chavan, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and a current member of Legislative Assembly, and Dr Amita Bhide, Professor and Dean of School of Habitat Studies, Centre for Environmental Health, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
Two out of every five people in Mumbai live in slums today. The sight of large clusters of blue tarped sheets over tinned walls is one that Indians are largely familiar with, just as we are familiar with the stories of slum residents’ vulnerability to fires, forced evictions, and in recent times, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tune in as we unpack Mumbai’s housing paradox!
Prof. Amita Bhide is Professor and Dean of School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
Mr. Prithviraj Chavan is the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and a current Member of Legislative Assembly.