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The market in development rights—what Mumbai’s water engineers disdainfully refer to as “the slum and building industry”—is tied up with the historically layered and materially inscribed political landscapes within which the city’s working classes have made claims to urban land and resources. The chapter follows the material, ideological, and legal transformation of a municipal housing colony, Shivajinagar-Bainganwadi, into a slum that could be surveyed for redevelopment. The reimagining of Shivajinagar-Bainganwadi as a slum was itself the result of the politically mediated deterioration and criminalization of its water infrastructure in the context of liberalization-era policy shifts, which position the unplanned, illegal...

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