By Accommodation Times Bureau
The biggest urban renewal scheme, the redevelopment of the Bombay Development Department (BDD)c hawls, costing approximately, Rs 16,000 crore has suffered a setback. There has been no response from contractors for its Worli project.This is one of the most ambitious projects in central Mumbai inaugurated in April this year, which is expected to revamp 92.86 acres of land, creating at least 16,000 affordable houses, apart from providing houses of 500 square feet free to the existing tenants.critics of the projects say that the lack of response is due to large scale opposition by the BDD residents. “There is no transparency in the entire project, which is forcing residents to agitate against this project. This is the reason why contractors are not coming forward,” said Raju Waghmare, who heads the residents association. “They are not giving us a legal agreement, nor specifying the corpus amount we will get. We will not allow the project to proceed till our demands are met,” he added.
However, MHADA officials have blamed technical issues for the non-responsiveness. “There were some technical problems, which will we rectify soon. Hence, we have postponed the tendering process,” said a senior MHADA official.