“The first time I came to Nehru Nagar was in 1975,” says Veenod of Vimala Dermatological Centre, “and there were just a few hundred leprosy patients that we were taking care of, living in rudimental huts. Now it houses 50000 people, coming from all over India. We have electicity, paved alleys, brick and cement houses and all sorts of shops and activities.”
Like all the other slums in Mumbai, Nehru Nagar is sceduled for demolition, but the inhabitants don’t necessarily want to move into the buildings that the government is building for them. Even though Nehru Nagar is still poor and overpopulated, its residents consider it their home where they have everything they need.