Mumbai Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MRRB) of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will be soon redeveloping 66 building located in Umarkhadi, Lower Parel and Marine Lines.
From 66 building most of these have become tumbledown and were developed in mid 80’s and 90’s under Prime Minister’s Grant Programme (PMGP). These buildings will be developed under Development Control Rule (DCR) 33(9) as a redevelopment project.
Sumant Bhange, MRRB’s chief officer, said, “Currently, we are in a process of appointing project management consultant for the project and we plan to complete the entire redevelopment project within four years.”
The Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had announced Rs100 crore for various development projects in Mumbai, including Rs 40 crore for the redevelopment of old dilapidated buildings, as part of urban rejuvenation plan in 1985. Under the scheme, 239 old buildings were redeveloped and 66 new ones were constructed, giving accommodation to 6,000 families.
For 25 years the tenements in these building were given on rent and the tenements were to be converted into ownership apartments at the end of that period.
The buildings were never properly maintained and even the formation was of poor quality, because of disputes between Tenants and MHADA. As a result, the establishment’s is in the dilapidated condition and need redevelopment urgently.
He said, “The current tenements are of 180 sq ft, and after redevelopment, the owners of these tenements will get 405 sq ft. MHADA will use the extra FSI for building affordable homes.”
“However, he said, at this stage, he could not say how many affordable homes would be available once the redevelopment project is completed. That we will come to know only after detailed plans are prepared for each project,” Bhange added.
As a result, now, these buildings will be redeveloped as six separate clusters.