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Proposal seeks redevelopment of 18 buildings in Umarkhadi

The proposal has stemmed from the MHADA plan to redevelop nine buildings in the area,constructed under the Prime Minister’s Grant Programme

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: August 29, 2013 2:57:50 am

To encourage redevelopment of dilapidated buildings,the state housing department has put forward a proposal to redevelop a cluster of 18 buildings spread over about 8,000 sq m at Umarkhadi near Mazgaon in south Mumbai.

The proposal has stemmed from the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) plan to redevelop nine buildings at Umarkhadi that were constructed under the Prime Minister’s Grant Programme (PMGP) during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure as the prime minister.

“We have decided to include neighbouring cessed buildings which are old and shaky in the redevelopment scheme in Umarkhadi colony. The file has been cleared by the urban development department. We need the state government’s nod for going ahead with the redevelopment under cluster redevelopment norms,” said Sachin Ahir,minister of state,housing department.

Ahir said 18 buildings put together,spread over a two-acre plot,have nearly a thousand tenements. Of the 18 buildings,while nine were constructed under the PMGP scheme,the other nine are cessed buildings. Cessed buildings are those built before 1970 where the tenants would pay a cess to MHADA for their maintenance.

An official from the housing department said the file is currently awaiting the chief minister’s approval,after which the plot would be redeveloped under the Development Control Rules of 33/9,under the state’s cluster redevelopment policy.

“The only glitch could be that one of the 18 buildings has been recently redeveloped. Although it is not possible to quote an exact number right now,MHADA will get a lot of additional housing stock from this redevelopment,which it can add to its affordable housing float,” the official added.

In 2009,the state government had introduced the cluster redevelopment scheme. Under this scheme,a group of old buildings over a minimum area of 4,000 sq m can be redeveloped with a minimum floor space index of 4. However,the scheme did not take off. Despite proposals for several projects,only three projects have taken off until now— the Islam Mill Compound and Haji Qasim chawl in Parel,the Bhendi Bazaar revamp,and the century-old Botawala chawl.

Earlier,Ahir had said the state government is planning to identify clusters of old buildings for redevelopment so that the scheme can take off instead of waiting for proposals from developers or land owners.

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