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Slum reshaping offers hope to Dharavi residents

London , Mon, 08 Aug 2011 ANI

London, August 8 (ANI): One of Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, is home to more than a million people. But it is far from livable.


Garbage, open sewers and cramped huts deprive the area of space, with people having to crawl through narrow alleys and openings to move around.


Which is why Asri Halis a graduate of the University of Technology in Sydney, has designed new, cheap homes for Dharavi by insulating waste shipping containers.


"This is a chance to reshape the slums," New Scientist quoted her as saying.


The containers could be provided by the local Jawaharlal Nehru port for free, says Halis.


The port currently throws many of its containers away because of the high cost of sending empty ones back to their original ports.


Halis presented the idea at the annual SRD Change Exhibition in Sydney, Australia.


The show flaunts the best in sustainable and environmental design aiming "to create products and services that focus on tangible and positive benefits for society in every possible aspect", says Greg Campbell, the SRD Change curator. (ANI)


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