Redevelopment breeding divisions among Mumbai residents

Mumbai is renowned as a melting pot of various groups, irrespective of class, caste and creed. But a new, disturbing form of disparity is now eating its way into citizens’ lives, especially in redeveloped buildings and townships. Several of these housing societies are imposing invisible divisions based on the size of the house owned and the length of the resident’s occupancy.

In the townships, owners of bigger flats are looking down upon those possessing smaller ones; in redeveloping buildings, older residents sneer at the flashy ways of their new neighbours. And the newer occupants always find it difficult to acclimatise to the conservative ways of the old lot. Miten Shah, resident of Bandra, previously stayed at Vashi, Navi Mumbai, where he found it difficult to adapt to the constant jibes passed by his neighbours.

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