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CM Devendra Fadnavis clears the cluster redevelopment plan for the island city

MUMBAI: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has cleared the cluster redevelopment plan for the island city as approved by his predecessor Prithviraj Chavan.

The move is aimed at boosting urban renewal, with new buildings coming up in place of old and dilapidated ones and the introduction of more open spaces and public amenities in such areas.

In his vision statement soon after taking over, Fadnavis had said he would formulate a new cluster redevelopment policy. He had even directed a review of all the policies approved by the Congress-led government in the run-up to the assembly elections in October last year.

Cluster redevelopment will be restricted to dilapidated buildings in the island city covering at least 4,000sq metres and the force of law can be used to vacate the buildings. The developer needs to purchase only 70% of the properties and obtain consent from 70% tenants. An FSI of 4 has been allowed. There are around 19,000 old and dilapidated buildings in the island city.

Tenants will be entitled to at least a 300sq ft flat. To make the scheme more attractive, the government is offering larger flats if the cluster size is large. Sources said most clusters would be between 5 and 10 acres. According to the incentive, tenants in such clusters would get the benefit of 30% additional space, which means they would each get a 390sq ft flat.

Of the 30% additional space, 10% will be given provided the developer submits the project complete in all respects for approval within three years of the policy coming into force. Slums and non-dilapidated buildings too can be part of cluster redevelopment projects.

“The CM has assured us his full co-operation,” said Abdeali Bhanpurawala, secretary, SBUT. It will begin with the redevelopment of sub-cluster 3 that extends from Khara Tank road to Gujjar street in the north-south direction and from the Ibrahim Rahimtullah road to Pakmodia street. “We plan to start work in the next couple of months and the redeveloped cluster should be ready within a year,” he said.fadnavis

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