In Bombay, municipal authorities now claim that more than half of the city's nine million people live in slums or on the streets.
GV PULL BACK TO LV Traffic and people in busy Bombay street (3 shots)
GV View across harbour of commercial high-rises
GVs People in makeshift homes made out of polythene living on beach; skyscrapers in background (2 shots)
GVs Teeming streets of Bombay; people in makeshift homes on roadside (4 shots)
GV People asleep on pavement
GV & PAN People in city slum areas
GV & TVs People living on roadsides; they sleep as cars pass by (3 shots)
GV Shanty town
GV People hanging out of doors in over-crowded trains (2 shots)
GVs Slums with high rises in the background
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Background: In Bombay, municipal authorities now claim that more than half of the city's nine million people live in slums or on the streets. Bombay's commercial heart...the new skyscrapers and office blocks are the financial hub of a busy economic centre. For more than a century this city has been India's industrial, trading and banking capital. However, the poverty in Bombay is causing growing concern that the city's essential services may break down completely as the burgeoning population in the past 40 years. People come seeking work, money and an escape from the grinding poverty of India's rural heartland. Few find what they are searching for. Instead they end up penniless in makeshift shelters in shanty-towns or else, living on the streets, sleeping and eating as the traffic passes by a few feet away. The Indian constitution guarantees its people the right to live where they choose...even on the roadside. The overcrowding in the city is especially obvious on the public transport system. Trains designed for no more than 1700 people carry up to 5000 at a time. More than a dozen people fall to their death each day from the crammed carriages. Bombay is a city teeming with life but town planners also say that unless something is done to stop the endless flow of people, it may become a dead city within the next decade.