A CPA UK Delegation visited Maharashtra in India in September 2018. The delegation visited Mumbai and Pune in the State.
The visit provided an opportunity to engage with a number of stakeholders in Mumbai and explore the opportunities and challenges faced by the city and the importance of the UK-India relationship.
The programme explored a number of themes, including the position of Mumbai as India’s financial and commercial centre, the socioeconomic position of Mumbai's residents, and the impact of India's new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) law.
Among a number of highlights, the delegation met with the National Slum Dwellers Association (NSDF), which advocates for the rights of slum dwellers in Mumbai, which is home to the Daravi slum, the largest urban slum in Asia. The challenges faced by slum dwellers include inadequate housing, and a lack of energy and sanitation provision. In a startling statistic, the population of Mumbai was estimated at anything between 18 and 30 million people.