The Indian Express had reported earlier that the government was rethinking about the tender earlier this year in which the Dubai-based Seclink consortium had emerged as a frontrunner and the Adani group was the only other bidder.
A Seclink representative told The Indian Express that Al Khalidia Real Estate and Najaah Global Investment LLC, both with links to the UAE royal family, wrote to the DRA on April 2 and March 19, but have not received any response.
The government has decided to give houses with a minimum carpet area of 405 square feet to chawl and building residents of Dharavi, as against the earlier 350 square foot, which is exactly what the government is offering slum dwellers.
Congress MLA from Dharavi and Minister for Women and Child Development Varsha Gaikwad talks about the obstacles that are holding back the ambitious but much-delayed Dharavi redevelopment project and the road ahead. Gaikwad also talks about the recently finalised state policy for women and the new elements that the state has tried to incorporate in this vital document.
To address concerns raised by residents and expedite the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP),the state government is considering dividing the slum into sub-sectors or clusters defined by natural boundaries.
The Bombay High Court has paved the way for the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority to carry out redevelopment of Dharavi Sector 5,but the state government would have to struggle to find a way of evicting 63 per cent slumdwellers who have been found ineligible for rehabilitation under the ambitious Dharavi Redevelopment Project.