Massive housing stock in Dharavi revamp

slumBy Accommodation Times Bureau

Mumbai: While the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) is facing land scarcity for building more affordable homes, the Dharavi Redevelopment project is expected to create 8, 000 homes as housing stock in the future. According to the plan, the housing body will get approximately 8, 000 houses in the fifth sector of Dharavi Redevelopment project.

Currently, the authority will construct two high rises each of 22 storeys and will rehabilitate 687 families by next year. The authority has received environmental clearance for its redevelopment plan for the fifth sector.

The entire Dharavi is divided into five sectors. While the redevelopment of fifth sector is under the purview of MHADA,  the Dharavi Redevelopment Authority has unable to get any takers for redevelopment work of first four sectors.

The fifth sector is spread across 153 acres and has 9,700 residents that are supposed to be rehabilitated. The revamp of the fifth sector involves rehabilitating 9,700 families who will move to bigger homes. The deputy collector will conduct the survey of the area to determine eligible beneficiaries for the project.

The Floor Space Index permitted for the fifth sector is four. Even though the FSI will be of four, the civil aviation guidelines allow only 70 meters high rise. The official working on the project, said, “The authority has given us permission till 14th floor of one of the newly constructed buildings. Permission for the rest of the floors will be received after the second round of inspection. The contract has been awarded to B G Shirke.”

As the fifth sector revamp continues, the redevelopment of other four sectors is in a fix with no developer selected to complete the project. Attempts to tender out the project have repeatedly failed. Sources in MHADA said that stricter conditions in the tender was one of the reason behind developers not bidding for the project. They added that since each sector is on such a large scale, it will be difficult for a single developer to handle it entirely. The authority has now decided to subdivide the four sectors into 12 different parts since tendering out smaller sections will be helpful to attract more participation in the project.

The entire cost of the projects is nearly Rs 22,000 crore wherein approximately more than 55,000 families will be rehabilitated into a better structure. According to the plan, each eligible beneficiaries of the redevelopment scheme will get an area of 350 square feet.

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