Adani Forms Joint Venture to Redevelop Dharavi, One of Asia’s Biggest Slums


Adani Group, the conglomerate owned by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, has formed a joint venture with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to redevelop Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums.

The joint venture, called Dharavi Redevelopment Project Pvt Ltd, will be responsible for the redevelopment of Dharavi, a sprawling slum in the heart of Mumbai that is home to over 1 million people.

The redevelopment of Dharavi has been delayed for decades, but Adani’s involvement is expected to accelerate the process. Adani is one of India’s richest and most powerful businessmen, and his company has a track record of completing large infrastructure projects on time and within budget.

However, the redevelopment of Dharavi is also facing legal challenges. A rival bidder, Dubai-based SecLink Technologies Corporation, has alleged that the Maharashtra state government improperly cancelled an original 2018 bidding process and restarted it so that Adani could win. The state and Adani deny any wrongdoing.

Despite the legal challenges, the formation of the joint venture is a significant step towards the redevelopment of Dharavi. Adani is expected to submit a master plan for the redevelopment to the state government in the coming months.


The redevelopment of Dharavi is a complex and ambitious project. The slum is home to a diverse range of people, including low-income workers, small businesses, and religious institutions. The redevelopment plan must take into account the needs of all of these residents and ensure that they are not displaced or harmed in the process.

Adani has a good track record of completing large infrastructure projects on time and within budget. However, the redevelopment of Dharavi is a unique project that will require careful planning and execution. It is important to ensure that the redevelopment is done in a way that benefits all of the residents of Dharavi and that does not displace or harm them.

The legal challenges facing the redevelopment project also pose a risk. If SecLink Technologies Corporation is successful in its case, the entire bidding process could be overturned and the project could be delayed further.

Despite the challenges, the redevelopment of Dharavi is a necessary step to improve the lives of the millions of people who live there. The slum is currently plagued by poverty, crime, and disease. The redevelopment project has the potential to transform Dharavi into a vibrant and livable neighborhood.

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