By Accommodation Times News Service
The BMC has now sought the help of Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to rehabilitate persons affected by civic projects in the western suburbs. The corporation is working to acquire 1,500-2,000 tenements from SRA. The BMC has already been given 400 flats in Malad.
Additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas said, “BMC tenements available for rehabilitation are mainly in the eastern suburbs (particularly Mahul). The project-affected persons (PAPs) for some major projects in the western suburbs have been living in this part of the city for years and are unwilling to shift to far-off areas. Hence, we recently approached the SRA for help. In the last 10 days alone, we received 400 tenements.”
“We will begin shifting PAPs from the start of October once monsoon is over. We hope to get more tenements soon. This will considerably speed up the projects that have seen major cost escalation because of delays,” Srinivas said.
With this, the BMC will push major projects such as the 5.25-km Jogeshwari road-over-bridge proposed in 2009, which is now expected to be completed only after 2016, and the reconstruction of four main bridges over Mithi River.