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Height restrictions makes Dharavi slum redevelopment unviable

Providing 400 sq ft carpet area homes to Dharavi slum-dwellers will make the project unviable unless the Union civil aviation ministry lifts height restrictions in the area, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

Fadnavis on Thursday reviewed the proposed Dharavi and Bombay Development Department (BDD) redevelopment projects, at the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (Mhada) headquarters in Bandra.

Later speaking to mediapersons, Fadnavis said on account of height restrictions, an FSI of four can’t be consumed in Dharavi. “It is not possible to construct the sale component here and the offer of ‘transfer of development rights’ is not very profitable,” he said. “Since Dharavi is outside the funnel area, we will hold discussions with the civil aviation ministry to relax height restrictions,” he said.

On the issue of redevelopment of BDD chawls, Fadnavis said the government was yet to decide whether it should be done by Mhada or private developers. However, he said, “Under the present rules a private developer can’t offer the incentives which Mhada can. The authority is in a position to share its profits with residents,” he said. Devendra

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