By Accommodation Times News Service
The Dharavi Redevelopment Project is likely to be next most heated discussion between the ruling MCGM parties Shiv Sena and BJP, after the Metro- III project.
The proposal for Dharavi Redevelopment Project will be tabled for a green signal in the civic general body meeting to be held on 25th June. However, Shiv Sena has already decided to take a strong opposition saying the project is tough due to poor response received during the process of tendering.
Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale has written demanding that the proposal for Dharavi should be turned down. “The slum rehabilitation projects in Dharavi have been stuck for last the 10 years due to the redevelopment project. The MCGM land in the redevelopment project has several amenities like estate department, chawls, buildings, staff quarters, schools, colleges, pumping stations and many more. The upgrading of these amenities has also been hindered due to the project,” he said.
Despite the State Government thrice giving extension to the tender process, no bidder has come ahead to show interest in the redevelopment project. Looking at the poor response to the tender process, the redevelopment of Dharavi through this project seems very difficult, Shewale expressed.
Meanwhile, the BJP-led civic improvements committee early this year had approved the proposal to allot 147.77 hectares of municipal land to the Dharavi redevelopment project. The civic authority stands to get more than 11,757 tenements for the project affected persons (PAPs) and also a premium of Rs 1,220 crore as land value in the project.
The state government has, however, appointed Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA) for the improvement of Dharavi, which is considered as the largest and highly populated slum pocket in Asia. A floor space index (FSI) of four would be used for the project, which aims at providing rehab tenements to 58,343 eligible slum dwellers in the region.
Apart from, 11,757 additional tenements would be available for the civic administration, which can use them as PAP tenements.
Improvements committee chairman Prakash Gangadhare (BJP) has slammed Sena’s efforts to halt the project. “The project is very essential for the redevelopment of Dharavi and local residents stand to get tenements of 400 sqft from it. However, Shiv Sena is trying to play petty politics by stalling the project. But we will ensure that proposal gets passed in the MCGM house.”