Mumbai has several zones that concentrate poverty, vulnerabilities and social disintegration. Populated by migrants and people in low-income jobs, these zones are characterised by informal, illegal or unauthorised housing and weak or absent basic physical and social infrastructure. Here diseases are rampant and life insecure. These are also zones with a high proportion of youth and can easily turn into crime dens. In these areas, Project Mumbai along with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) would like to upgrade the physical infrastructure and housing, enhance public services and social infrastructure and special programmes to engage youth in educational, sports and cultural activities. We have already identified some of the target zones using data and in consultation with experts. The other areas identified include Diva-Mumbra, Turbhe, Santosh Bhuvan, Nala Sopara, north-west end of Dahisar and edges of P(North) ward near Malavani.
We are looking for strategic support from the government through creation of a cell, appointment of a coordinating officer and special policies. From corporates, we expect financial and logistic support to integrated projects.