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One of the world's richest men wants to transform India's biggest slum

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When a young man arrived in Mumbai in 1974, the patch of land he settled on was just a creek with no proper road and garbage all around. Today, that same area is Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums and a bustling hub of industry in Mumbai. Dharavi is home to small businesses that cater to its one million residents. These businesses generate over $1 billion in annual turnover and provide a crucial source of livelihood for many families. However, a redevelopment plan led by a billionaire and infrastructure tycoon has sparked mixed reactions among residents, with some fearing for their homes and businesses. Despite the need for development, there are concerns about transparency and trust in the process. The eligibility criteria and allocation of housing units under the plan are also a cause for worry among Dharavi residents.