Conceptual Plans For Dharavi Redevelopment
Dharavi is one of the largest slums in Asia. It is home to 1.5 million people, and spreads over about 175 hectares. The slum has a vibrant economy and an active community. However, the densely packed settlement makes living conditions difficult. One of the major hurdles for developers trying to build in Dharavi is the sheer number of slum dwellers. This is a problem that needs to be addressed before development can take place.
One way to solve this problem is to give each nagar its own non-profit corporation that will manage the land for its needs. Several community organizations have been vocal in their demands, and have even proposed various redevelopment schemes.
Another idea to solve the land ownership issue is to set up a Community Land Trust. Each of the 156 nagars would be allocated to the nonprofit organization, which would use the land according to its need. They would then develop the area according to the needs of its residents.
The best approach to redeveloping Dharavi would be to involve the slum dwellers in the process. The concept would include a number of low-rise, high-density row housing units, and would also provide for existing businesses. These redevelopment schemes would make Dharavi a world-class business district.
Some of the concepts presented are the Dharavi Redevelopment Plan, the Dharavi Settlement Upgrade, and the Alternative Strategy. All three ideas are aimed at transforming the neighborhood.
The Dharavi Redevelopment Plan aims to convert the slum into a luxury residential colony. This plan was first proposed two decades ago and involves the conversion of slums into high-rise residential buildings. Although it is a promising idea, the plan has been criticized for several reasons. For example, the concept lacks clarity and does not include proper widths for kitchens and toilets.
The Dharavi Settlement Upgrade aims to upgrade public spaces and focus on sanitation, mobility, and regeneration. Among other things, the settlement aims to connect neighborhoods and create new spaces that help establish social focal points.
The alternative strategy suggested that a strong transportation network should be in place. While it may be true that a transportation system is important, it is also true that residents should be involved in the design process. That is the best approach to redeveloping Dharavi, and the only way to influence the current trajectory.
The Dharavi settlement concept is different from other urban models of the west. Instead of taking the ‘big’ idea and building a towering skyscraper, it would produce a vertical settlement made up of repetitive modules of shipping containers.
There are several reasons why the Dharavi Redevelopment Plan has not been implemented. Many people believe that the plan has failed to recognize the nature of Dharavi. Others claim that the plan has destroyed the spatial organization of the community.
In addition to these criticisms, there is also the problem of trying to make a profit with the Dharavi Redevelopment Plan. To be sure, the plan is a good real-estate tool, but it does not adequately address the concerns of the slum dwellers. If the government wants to make it a success, it will need to address issues like these before it can begin.