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.
The state government has issued the notification that paves the way for Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority or any other public authority to take up the ambitious and much-delayed redevelopment of one or more of the five sectors of Dharavi.