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A road to History

Johan Patel & Ananya Singh

India’s first and world’s sixth biggest metropolitan area, capital of Maharashtra state, commercial, financial & entertainment capital of the country, home to over 21 million people, density of 25000 people per square kilometers, Mumbai is the most populous city in India & second most populous city in the world. It connotes more than just the land area and material wealth. It is not just a city but it’s a concept, a dream cherished my millions of citizens. In the past Mumbai was considered as the most important port & a gateway to the west because of its geographical position. Located on the western coast of Maharashtra. Girangaon, the village of mills, presently located under the areas of Mazgaon, Sewri, Byculla, Prabhadevi, Worli, Tardeo house some of the textile mills of Girangaon. Its fame and existence are now unknown to people born in the current century. The first cotton mill was set up in 1856 and by the end of the 19th century 136 mills had sprung up. The mills employed 3,00,000 workers and boosted the economic growth of Bombay. People from different parts of Maharashtra came to Mumbai for job opportunities and slowly low-costing houses were set up around the mills which gave rise to chawl culture. Men and women both worked in the mills. Some housewives set up their own small businesses of lunch and snacks. These houses were arranged around courtyards where people would gather to celebrate weekends and festivals together. Mumbai’s ecological, social & cultural aspects are the fundamental drivers in this process of urban revitalization, hence reinitializing of the mill lands in Girangaon is one of the few options left for a sustainable revival of the city which is what the project aims for.

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