High Court orders to expediate the BDD chawls redevelopment

High Court orders to expediate the BDD chawls redevelopment

By Accommodation Times News Service

The Bombay High Court on Saturday directed the government to expedite the process of redevelopment of the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawls, observing that their “inhabitants live in unhygienic conditions and pose a threat to the public health at large”. The court was hearing a plea filed by ex-policemen, who were seeking directions to the government to consider granting ownership to chawl tenants, even after retirement.

A division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Dr Shalini Phansalkar Joshi made this observation after going through the affidavit filed by the government, informing about the steps it was undertaking for the redevelopment.

Filed through advocate G W Mattos, the affidavit stated that the land on which the BDD chawls were currently located was owned by the Revenue Department, and it will have to be transferred to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) before the redevelopment could start.

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