Geography Mumbai - Assignment Example

1) What I notice about the photographs is that there is a lot of contrast between the photos. In the photo with the slum in the foreground and the CBD in the background, we can see the two faces of Mumbai city. Most of the photos show poverty and the wealthier people. I think it shows that there is not only poverty, nor only high-rise buildings. The houses in the CBD are all apartments and are built very tall since there is less land and it is more expensive. Whereas the slum area is spread out over large areas.

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2) I chose the photo that shows the slum land and the CBD. In the slums we can see the laundry business. The people that are working there have a more stable home made out of cement whereas the homes next to it are made of whatever they can find. This photo works on levels, the highest building is the richest one then the laundry buildings are on the next level and then the make shift slums. In the CBD we can see that the housing and businesses are more organized.

3) The major difference between the photos is that the photos show 3 ways of life. It shows the CDB/modern area, it is developed, clean and organized, and we can see this example in the picture with the big red bus. Then there is the middle class housing and then the slum housing. The differences are that in each of these areas the jobs are different. In the CBD it is more big companies and in the slums small trade/manual labour.

4) The materials that the slum houses were made of were either cement or for the really poor anything they could find. The people that have concrete houses we can assume have better jobs. But those who have houses made of twigs and plastic we can assume just moved in from the countryside trying to get a better job.

5) People are making a living in the slums by either selling or manual labour (like the laundry people) there are the men as well that carry the Tiffin. The people that are slightly wealthier own their own shops to probably sell spices or basic stuff. In the CDB the people that live in the high-rise apartments are probably bankers or working for big companies.

6) The environmental-social problems are that in India (if you are a Hindu) you are born into a cast. Most people that are in the lowest cast (people that live in slums) have very little opportunity. They cannot afford to send their children to school so their children get stuck in the same poor home not being able to ameliorate themselves. The cast system doesn’t allow a person a chance to grow because of the economic limitations. Since these people are uneducated they do not know about pollution and such things so they live in dirt and their own waste, which is not good for the environment or their health.

7) The poorest collect their waste in the swears/rivers and they just keep heaping it on. They have no garbage men to come pick up the rubbish so they just leave it there.

8) There is no proper rubbish disposal, I think that someone comes around to pick up all the rubbish and then just dumps it into a “waste land” but like in the photos it was a dried up river bed. It is really bad since it clogs up a lot of land and it is not healthy to live around such filth.

9) The hazards of this way of disposal are that when Mumbai floods, the rubbish get picked up with it. Many children play in the water and as they haven’t had all the vaccinations they can get very ill from playing in filthy water. The waste is also very bad for the environment, as plastic doesn’t decompose for a very long time. As well as the fact that when tourists come to Mumbai they see all this filth which gives them a bad impression of India.