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Illegal structures in Mumbra to be mapped

TMC will start mapping illegal structures across Mumbra to prepare a long-term policy of cluster housing for the region.

Written by Sharvari Patwa | Mumbai |
September 23, 2013 1:15:08 am

After at least 87 deaths in five months owing to collapse of illegal structures in Thane’s Mumbra region,TMC will start mapping illegal structures across Mumbra to prepare a long-term policy of cluster housing for the region.

The TMC will soon start Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of all properties in Mumbra,which will be conducted in the next three months.

The move is expected to help the civic body gather data on the total number of buildings,the exact location of each building,total area of the building,number of families and area consumed per family.

“The mapping will help in identifying the need for floor space index (FSI) and built-up area required for constructing buildings and housing the existing population of Mumbra,” said Thane Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta.

After a major building collapse in Mumbra’s Shilphata area in April this year,which claimed 74 lives,a separate cluster housing policy under Section 33.9 of the cluster development scheme was suggested for Mumbra by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,who had claimed that nine out of 10 buildings in Mumbra region were either illegal or irregular. Chavan had said Mumbai’s cluster development model could be replicated in Thane and Mumbra suburbs to curb illegal structures. TMC officials said nearly 1.6 lakh buildings in Mumbra were illegal.

With over 30,000 families housed in the region,TMC is hoping to accommodate the residents in the rental housing scheme of MMRDA in order to construct cluster housing in the next five years,said officials.

“We have started receiving rental housing units from MMRDA to rehabilitate families in building collapses. More than 20,000 units under the rental housing scheme are expected in the next two years to accommodate Mumbra residents,” said Gupta.

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