Sanjay Colony is small slum located to the Southeast of New Delhi in the Oklha Industrial area. It covers an 18 acre area and has 45,000 residents. People started coming to the area in 1979 when it was still a forest. The Oklha industrial area and with 3,000 industrial factories it is one of the largest industrial areas in India. Everything from electronics to automotive parts to garments are produced in this area. In Sanjay Colony the primary industry the garment industry.
For travelers, visiting a slum like Sanjay Colony can give you a much better sense of what life is like for many Delhi residents compared to visiting tourist hot-spots like Old Delhi or Humayan’s Tomb. A walk through Sanjay Colony’s winding lanes will almost certainly change your idea of what a “slum” is. Everyone is busy working and you will come across everything from temples to mosques to doctor’s offices to schools as well as every stage of the garment industry. You will also get a sense of the strong community feeling that permeates the neighborhood.
Sanjay Colony is located near the Oklha Metro Station. While you can visit on your own, it is recommended to go with a guide to get the most out of your experience. Reality Tours & Travel is one organization that runs 1.5 hour walking tours of Sanjay Colony. They use the tour profits to support local NGOs working in Sanjay Colony. Tours run every day and start at Rs 550.