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The Mumbai skyline on June 18, 2018.
It was originally borne out of necessity as the city’s factory and mill workers needed quick and cheap food on the go. Many of the factories have closed, but you’ll still find the streets of this 24-hour megacity buzzing with thousands of hawkers dishing out cheap eats late into the night.
As one of the most densely populated cities in the world and a hive for businesses, the city’s main challenge is mobilizing its workforce.
Mumbai’s suburban railway is fast but overcrowded, with 11 million people using the city’s public transport every day. However, a new Mumbai metro network nearly 150 kilometers long is opening up with the aim of boosting the city’s rail capacity and reducing traffic congestion.
Today, the city is India’s economic powerhouse and the birthplace of Bollywood, helping the country become the world’s leading film market.
Mumbai is fast-paced and busy. That can be overwhelming at first, but by meeting people who live and work here, you understand that they all thrive off that energy — and it’s infectious.