A fresh survey will be conducted to determine the number of residents eligible for houses under the Dharavi Redevelopment Plan (DRP). MCGM has already done an internal review for DRP in Dharavi’s Sector 4. Only 37 per cent of residents were found eligible. The actual survey will be critical as people living in the slum will be asked to produce official documents. The BMC had conducted an internal survey in one of the five sectors for the Rs 15,000-crore redevelopment project. It revealed that only 3,127 families of the 8,478 were eligible for free houses under the DRP. DRP officials are, however, unsure if the actual survey would increase the number of eligible families. DRP officials insist that the survey was only an internal communication with the BMC. The cut-off date for eligibility is the year 2000. Officials say that a shanty in Dharavi, which cost Rs 2-3 lakh a decade ago, could fetch Rs 15-20 lakh after the project was announced. There are cases where people have purchased five to six shanties looking at the development prospects. The DRP has asked the state government to take a decision before going ahead with the project. State government officials are thinking of ways to plug loopholes. Bureau report NMTV News.
February 8, 2017