How is urban planning improving the quality of life for the urban poor in Mumbai?

Urban planning can improve squatter settlements. Vision Mumbai is a plan to improve Dharavi. The project involves constructing high-quality, high-rise tower blocks to replace squatter settlement housing. Recent developments in Dharavi include:

  • the construction of sewage treatment plants and water recycling
  • the introduction of street lighting
  • the aspects of buildings will make use of natural light and ventilation
  • solar panels on the roof will generate electricity
  • air source heat pumps will draw in natural heat in order to heat the tower
  • good street lighting and communal areas
  • wide tree-lined streets and pedestrianised areas
  • CCTV to improve security
  • sewage treatment plants and water recycling

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