Photographer's Note

The capital of the Indian state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, aims to eradicate its extensive slums by upgrading the infrastructure and building low cost housing for the poor on the land of abandoned cotton mills. The first phase of the scheme will be finished this September. Most of the urban slum dwellers previously worked in the cotton industry. So far they chiefly lived along the riverfronts in low-lying areas on vacant private or government land.. Typically these people do not have hygienic facilities and basic amenities. It is estimated, that more then 20% of Ahmedabadís population of more then 4 million within the inner city alone lives in slums, mostly Muslims and members of low cast Hindus. Victimized by the police, municipal authorities and the upper classes alike, this group represents a particularly vulnerable section of society.

My picture shows one of these typical slum settlements along the river front while a the horizon some of the social low cost housing can be seen.

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