By Accommodation Times News Service
The state urban development department issued a notification approving the conversion of an 18,000sq m commercial plot, part of Bharat Nagar
The state urban development department yesterday issued a notification approving the conversion of an 18,000sq m commercial plot, part of Bharat Nagar, into a residential one. The Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) can now begin its makeover of Bharat Nagar by changing the 8.8acre transit camp into a colony for high-income individuals.
MHADA will have to relocate 800 families from lower income group living here. In 2012, MHADA had submitted a proposal to the state government seeking permission to develop the plot as a high-end residential area. The UDD notification has called for objections and suggestions on the change of land use.
Defending the decision to convert the area into a high-end residential zone, S Zende-Patil, vice-president, MHADA, said the term transit camp indicates it is a temporary accommodation. “There is a huge demand for high-end residential units here. The money we will raise here will be used to build low-income tenements in other areas.”
The area is divided into around 20 plots. A portion was declared a slum in 2004-05 and the slum rehabilitation scheme is being implemented by HDIL. Tata Colony, which housed 494 residents, was taken over by D B Realty. “The developer had promised 425sq feet homes to the residents. Now there are only 66 residents left. The rest were bought out at Rs 80lakh per tenement. These 66 residents are demanding flats in the same area and the matter is in court,” said Shaikh. HDIL, too, he claimed, had bought out residents of another two plots reportedly at Rs 1crore per tenement. Residential towers are already being constructed here. Shaikh is now locked in a fight with MHADA, resisting attempts to declare the remaining portion of Bharat Nagar as a slum.
The 8.8acres now houses families from the island city. “They lived in cessed buildings which collapsed. We will shift them back to their original residences. Alternately, we will provide them flats in Bandra (East), Kurla and Kalina which are available with us,” said Zende-Patil, adding it would take about a year to prepare detailed plans for the new residential zone.