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Mumbai: Will the efforts spark a new renaissance for slum dwellers?

  • DailyBhaskar.com
  • Dec 10, 2012, 16:50 PM IST
Mumbai: The M-ward initiative launched by TISS, hopes to transform the lives of the people living in that ward with their co-participation.
The residents don’t have toilets, drinking water, and rapes and murders are almost the daily plight. The CORO Mahila foundation has been working with the TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) in the M-ward initiative to help them sustain and have a better living standard.
According to reports, A-five-year project that began as a mammoth data collection exercise on 28 November last year, has completed its first phase and is moving to the next. On Saturday, TISS announced that it will begin a series of community meetings and discussions with the objective of coming up with a comprehensive plan for the development of the ward. The plan will then be presented to the state government.
Located on the northeast edge of Mumbai, M Ward mostly comprises of slums and slum rehabilitation buildings. According to the 2011 census, 85 percent of the ward’s population lives in slums.
M Ward is reportedly home to one of the largest dumping grounds in the country, the Deonar dumping ground. A number of chemical factories and refineries are situated in the same ward, leading to a rise in illness among the population. Many people affected by the city’s infrastructural projects have been resettled and rehabilitated in this area.
As per the objectives of the project, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) will be brought down by 50 percent in the next five years. In the education sector, the project is aiming at 100 percent enrolment in schools the reduction of the dropout rate by 50 percent in next five years. It is also targeting 100 percent immunisation and universal pre and post-natal care.

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