Mumbai (Bombay), India
The Mega-Cities Coordinator in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the Director of the Host Institution. She has received specialized training in urban planning and labor studies through the International Labor Organization. Her doctoral work at the University of Bombay is specific to the areas of informal networks and waste recycling. She has conducted research assignments in the several areas, including: social aspects of solid waste management, rent control mechanisms, municipal finance, environmental improvement of slums, and the urban informal sector. Through national and foreign sponsorship, she has also coordinated several urban and labor management training programs. Other projects on which the Coordinator is currently working include a research study on the role of female rag pickers in solid waste management in Greater Mumbai, and training programs for elected women municipal councilors.
The Mega-Cities Host Institution in Mumbai is an institute that promotes and supports research and training in municipal administration. In addition to publishing bibliographies, articles, books, and other literature on information of interest to local bodies, they also undertake consulting assignments in various areas of urban development, with a view to improving and developing organizational, managerial and operational efficiency. The Mumbai Mega-Cities Project was funded by UNDP to produce a case study on the CORO Pay Toilet Project and to initiate the transfer of the Cairo based Zabbaleen Environmental and Development Program through the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, which is incorporating the innovation into their "rag-pickers initiative."
Mumbai traces its origins to a small fortified settlement of the East India Company. By the late 18th Century, it was primarily a marine supply point with few links to the hinterland. In the mid-19th Century, its primary industry changed from exporting to importing.
Today Mumbai occupies an area of 437.71 square kilometers with 12.5 million inhabitants. The growth rate in the area is 4.2% per year, and the population density is 45,989 per square kilometer.
Mumbai has a birth rate of 20.1 per 1000, and a death rate of 6.0 per 1,000. The infant mortality rate is 48.6 per 1,000.
Health and Environment
Infrastructure and Social Services
Water Supply—The supply level is so low that it is restricted to between 2 and 8 hours per day depending on location.
Sewerage—The entire city has access to a sewage system, albeit one that is inadequate and outdated.
Transportation—There are 450,000 private automobiles on Mumbai streets that contribute to traffic congestion in the metropolis. The total length of Mumbai's roads is 1713.03 kilometers. Mumbai has a substantial public transport system consisting of suburban rail services and a municipal bus service. Public transport accounts for about 90% of all person trips.
CORO Pay Toilet Project
Child to Child Programme
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