Mumbai's Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open air laundry, will be redeveloped. The British era laundromat, a popular tourist spot has rows of open air, concrete wash pens each with its own flogging stone. It is now a large slum sprawl.
According to Omkar Realtors and Developers who are executing the Slum Rehabilitation Project, 4,000 families out of the 5,000 slum tenements surrounding the heritage site have consented to redevelopment.
Located next to Mahalaxmi railway station, the slum is occupied by washer men community. Their range of services include washing, drying, ironing, dyeing and transporting clothes/linen etc. Part of the new generation has moved away from traditional business, but resides at the same place.
As many as 731 washing pens and flogging stones of the structure will remain untouched and rehabilitation will take place 150 metres from the site.