Perhaps to nudge Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who is still undecided on allowing the sector-wise redevelopment of Dharavi, Asia’s second-largest slum, the MHADA has offered to develop a sector on its own. If approved, the plan may run a foul of the seven bidders who have fulfilled technical criteria for the Rs. 1,600 Crore project spread over 223 hectares of land. At a review meeting called by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, MHADA proposed to redevelop one of the six sectors. MHADA’s plan involves re-housing 10,000 eligible slum families residing there by using a FSI of 4. MHADA has chosen to redevelop Sector 5 perhaps because it faces the lucrative financial and banking district of Bandra-Kurla Complex, and has lesser encroachments. The balance area after rehabilitating the slum dwellers will be used by MHADA to construct flats and sell in the open market at affordable prices. Though the meeting concluded without a decision, MHADA’s proposal to go it alone came as a surprise as a committee of secretaries under Chief Secretary JP Dange had proposed sector-wise development of the region in March, ostensibly to prevent developers from forming cartels. To kick-start the project, and to give it the much needed momentum, MHADA’s proposal may be given a thought. Bureau report – NMTV News.
September 4, 2008