By Sonia Srinivasan:
Girangaon – The Village of Mills is changing each day into Mumbai’s high rise urban dream. But Girangaon, once an amalgamation of rural cultures and traditions is still alive. One such example is the Burud Galli (Lane) located near the 300 year-old Ghodapdev temple. This lane is home to 105 households whose residents create bamboo artifacts. These artisans, belonging to the Davri caste, have been producing bamboo artifacts and living in Burud Galli for around 100 years.
With new elite development in the area, many look at this lane as an eye sore. The residents of Burud Galli have been asked frequently to leave and resettle elsewhere. They have always lived on the pavements but are considered ‘encroachers’ in the new era of redevelopment by BMC. Could rapid urbanization wipe away the livelihood and homes of this Burud community?
Community Journalist- Pratiksha Shitole
Produced by- Mythologies of Mumbai through Media project
PUKAR- Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research