How to Purchase a Slum Home

Getting on the property ladder in Saki Naka The Marwah side of the slum is currently a hive of building activity. Porous rust-coloured bricks are stacked one upon the other, stuck together with a glue of wet cement mixed by hand in the lane ways replacing corrugated tin walls in a real estate rush to build and sell one room homes. It’s a game of cat and mouse real-estate where no one actually owns the land they build on; where policemen and politicians roam the laneways, feign disapproval of new construction, puff their chests, point their fingers and yell a bit but move on quickly once their open palms are padded with rupees with the promise of more rupees tomorrow. Slum lords dominate this

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