Dharavi is primarily divided into 5 sections — 2 commercial and 3 residential. The commercial area consists of recycling factories for plastic and aluminium as well as leather and pottery industries. The products are exported and have high demand in India and abroad. A unique feature of the recycling industry in Dharavi is that all their recycling machines have been made by the workers of Dharavi.
The residential area is divided according to religion and region. There are schools, markets, temples, mosques, hospitals and NGOs inside Dharavi. The Birlites saw many young children who were not receiving proper education but were still happy and content with what they have. It was obvious to the Birlites that in spite of it all, the people of Dharavi lived life to the fullest. People in Dharavi live as if they are not scared of what will happen next. They know they have the present with them and they have to do everything now. Someone has rightly quoted, ‘Add life to days, not days to life’.