Demolition of slums around Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat, one of the largest open laundries in the world began on Friday. Dhobi Ghat is a tourist attraction and has been part of many Bollywood films in the past.
Of the 5,000 slums that form part of this area, about 1,500 have already been demolished and another 850 will be cleared today.
The redevelopment plan includes rehabilitating slumdwellers and refurbishing the open laundry, which is more than a century old and is a city heritage structure.
The British administration had created the ghat, a washing area, with 731 washing pans and flogging stones. The area around it was an open area meant for cleaning and drying, which was then systematically taken over by slumlords.
Dhobi Ghat is located on prime real estate in the heart of Mumbai, overlooking the Mahalaxmi Race Course and the Arabian sea.