A major hurdle in the progress of the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) has been cleared by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) as 153 out of 164 SCLR affected flat owners signed MOUs with MMRDA as per the consent terms filed before the High Court to vacate 13 MHADA buildings in Tilak Nagar peacefully. The MoUs were signed on November 4, 5 and 6, 2009. “This is a very crucial development. Now, the work on SCLR project can speed up to ultimately answer few of the city’s traffic woes”, said Mr.Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
As far as the rest 11 are concerned, 8 were expected to sign the MOU in the second week of November. A weight factory occupies 2 other tenements and the third is occupied by the Estate Manager. The weight factory and the Estate Manager will be given 3 tenements in one of the resettlement and rehabilitation colonies in Mumbai constructed by MMRDA.
In all 260 flat owners from the 13 MHADA buildings are affected by the SCLR project, out of which 96 had already signed MoUs with the MMRDA. However, the remaining 164 aggrieved flat owners had filed a petition in the High Court. The petition was resolved after filing consent terms on October 15, 2009 before the High Court, according to which the 164 affected flat owners were expected to sign MoU with MMRDA within 15 days and in turn MMRDA will hand over a DD for Rs.2,64,000/- each to the flat owners in the LIG buildings and Rs.3,36,000/- each to the flat owners in the MIG buildings. As none of the 164 flat owners turned up to sign MoU till October 29, 2009, MMRDA had sent a letter dated October 30, 2009 to the flat owners requesting to sign MoUs on November 4, 5 and 6, 2009.
As per the consent terms, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority will construct new buildings on another MHADA plot which is adjoining the present one to house all 260 SCLR affected flat owners.