Call Number: NF 954.792 GRE
Publication Date: 2007
Mumbai is the economic engine of India - the city boasts huge manufacturing and service industries, is India's largest port, has its busiest airports, and is home to one of the world's biggest film industries. A large middle class enjoys excellent private schools and hospitals. These successes, allied with the city's cosmopolitan atmosphere, make it a magnet to hundreds of thousands of migrants every year - but most new migrants struggle to find homes or work. The poverty of many residents and appalling environmental conditions mean health problems are widespread - cholera and typhoid are common, and 60 per cent of the inhabitants suffer from rhinitis caused by pollution. The city's infrastructure groans under its huge population, which is growing at an unsustainable rate. The authorities, in an attempt to address the city's problems, have set up the Mumbai Taskforce for Vision 2020, aiming to modernise the city for the twenty-first century.