State’s government push clears redevelopment path of Bhendi Bazar
By Accommodation Times News Service
It is state governments push for the one of the biggest redevelopment area Bhendi Bazaar, BMC gives final approval.
The city’s biggest cluster redevelopment project Bhendi Bazaar which is spread approximately across 16.5acres have finally received a state nod for go ahead. This month the project has got the final clearances for construction of two of its sub-clusters out of total nine divided clusters from BMC (BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation). State government told the BMC that the project would not be impacted by the Supreme Court ruling of 2013 stating that 15% to 20% will be used for recreational purpose and open ground. Obeying this rule BMC did not approve this plan last year which hit several other projects which are now redesigning their master plan.
The major decision was taken after seeking an opinion from the law and judiciary department and state advocate general. It is learnt that the law and judiciary department opined that the project had got its clearance letter of intent as well as other construction approvals for construction of transit accommodation before the apex court ruling and as such the order would not be applicable to it. The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) has petitioned to the state government arguing that the recreational open space at the ground level would not be technically or commercially viable because it is the most congested area.
The project is one of the biggest redevelopment project rehabilitating 3,200 families living in 250 odd old buildings besides 1,250 commercial tenements into 17 state of the art high rises. CEO of SBUT said, the BMC clearance for sub cluster 1 and 3 and the rest will be given in phases. In the first phase we plan to rehabilitate 600 tenants and 300 commercial tenaments.