Tuesday, June 17


New York based journalist ROBERT NEUWIRTH is writing a book on slum life in four countries, and has come to Mumbai and staying in slum to feel the “slum life”. According to him the common things in squatters all over the world, are High Crime Rates, Congestion, Battle For Cleanliness, Neglected Kids and Refusal to the resident to move out. In Mumbai he is co-ordinating with NGO Nivara Hakk and he has observed that “Free houses is not the solution to rehabilitate them. A family of 8 living in 225 sq. ft. house is again a slum. We need to harness the energy of this people to make the building plans which are economically viable, while the government should only focus on the infrastructure."