Within a month of NMMC formally declaring the JN-type buildings as dangerous, the expert committee appointed by the state government has also given its clearance for redevelopment of the dilapidated buildings.
Headed by municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, the expert committee has cleared eight proposals for redevelopment under the new FSI norms. Of these, seven of them are in sectors 9 and 10 of Vashi, while the lone proposal outside Vashi is of Panchratna Society in Nerul.
“We are extremely thankful to the commissioner for expediting the clearance of our proposals which have been pending with the expert committee for months,” said Sena corporator Kishore Patkar, who is spearheading the cause of JN-type residents in Vashi, adding that more than 2000 families will benefit from the decision, once the buildings are reconstructed and they get their new homes.
The expert committee that has among its members the PWD Engineer from the state government, NMMC’s City Engineer and Town Planner, deputy director of the Konkan Division, Cidco’s chief planner has a total of 23 proposals for its consideration, of which eight of them have been cleared. With the committee’s chairperson Mundhe dealing with files on a war footing, the remaining proposals are also expected to be decided in due course of time, paving the way for much-delayed redevelopment of the dilapidated Cidco buildings, that have been caught in red-tape and political oneupmanship for years.
With eight proposals being cleared by the committee, the residents will now approach the corporation to secure the commencement certificate, before the redevelopment work finally gets underway.
“It’s just a matter of days before the residents get the CC and work on their dream homes commences,” said Patkar.
Meanwhile, in a related development, Cidco has issued a circular that when it comes to giving NOC for redevelopment of old Cidco buildings that are now under the administration of NMMC, the planning body will no longer conduct a separate inspection of the site and give the NOC directly on the basis of NMMC’s recommendation for the project. Issued by the agency’s chief planner, the new development cuts the red tape in securing commencement certificate for redevelopment of old Cidco buildings, with Cidco expected to issue the NOC on a fast-track basis on receipt of the lease premium as per the original lease agreement with the residents.