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4500 FREE TENEMENTS READY LIST OF OCCUPANTS WAITS

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority may have readied 4,500 tenements, each 269 sq ft, for rehabilitating people affected by the Brihanmumbai Stormwater Drainage or BRIMSTOWAD project but most of them will remain unoccupied for some more time, as the MCGM has not finalised a list of slum-dwellers eligible for free homes. While Phase 1 of BRIMSTOWAD is yet to be over, Phase 2 has failed to take off as people living in shanties along the old storm water drains need to first be evicted. MCGM has not yet readied a complete list of eligible persons. According to a BMC survey, the Rs 1,200 crore project will displace about 15,000 shanties. While 1,500 families have already been rehabilitated, an official said at present, only 299 families’ eligibility has been confirmed for the next phase of rehabilitation. They occupy shanties on Transmission Nullah, Bhandup. The rest of the 4,500 tenements, constructed by private developer DB Realty in Mahul, Chembur, will remain unoccupied until the BMC draws up lists of eligible slumdwellers from various shanties encroaching drainage systems in the suburbs. Additional municipal commissioner R A Rajeev said the process of acquiring a list of people eligible for free rehabilitation has been delayed for a year and will be taken up shortly.

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