This film was first hosted on the openDemocracy website.
Mumbai’s road to global city status has been marked by the construction of road infrastructure projects. Apart from increasing the speed with which the city’s new arrivals travel from its domestic/international airport straight to the business district, these infrastructure projects also enable Mumbai as an aspiring global city to make its marginal spaces and citizens invisible to these new arrivals in the city. City bypassed presents the story of Mumbai’s urban renewal as seen from Byculla, a multicultural inner-city neighbourhood symbolically and physically bypassed by road infrastructure projects along Mumbai’s journey to global city status.
Set in Byculla, South Mumbai, City Bypassed tells the complex story of the ironies of Mumbai’s urban renewal and the casualties along this journey. Byculla has the largest Muslim population in Mumbai and rose to notoriety as the site of communal violence between Hindus and…
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