The state government is thinking of extending the recently approved cluster redevelopment plan for the island city to old and dilapidated buildings in the suburbs as well.
Senior officials from the state Urban Development Department confirmed that a proposal to extend the scheme (which currently deals with cluster redevelopment in the island city) to the suburbs was being considered,though the norms may not be the same.
We may have to make minor adjustments here and there, said an official,pointing out that the norms for the island city,which was the ideal location for the venture,had been finalized only after consultations with developers,tenants and owners associations. Though the buildings in the suburbs were of a more recent origin,it would not stop the government from taking similar urban renewal initiatives in the suburbs.
The state government has also approved a provision in the cluster redevelopment proposal for the island city wherein the developer of a cluster will be able to give the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) its share of the tenements outside the cluster,but in the same municipal ward.
The tenements would have to have the same market value as those in the redeveloped cluster,and this value will be arrived at from the Ready Reckoner. This is to ensure that the MHADA did not get flats in a cluster located in a down market area having little market appeal.