Self-development is often touted as a model for better urban housing. It is considered an antidote to builder-led redevelopment or resettlement. But financing and sustaining a large self-development project has proven unsuccessful.
17 years ago, a slum community in Mumbai tried to self-develop their settlement. As the project was moving towards completion, an alleged scam halted the construction and deprived the city of its first success story in self-development