Redevelopment of Bhendi Bazaar

The redevelopment of Bhendi Bazaar,a 200-year-old market comprising commercial and residential buildings,proposed by the SBUT on a no-profit basis.

Published: October 16, 2013 5:36:28 am

The redevelopment of Bhendi Bazaar,a 200-year-old market comprising commercial and residential buildings,proposed by the SBUT on a no-profit basis,is so far the largest cluster redevelopment scheme undertaken for the city. The redevelopment consists of nine clusters of buildings for 20,000-odd residents,and is expected to be complete in 2020. The 3,000-crore project will be implemented in the C Ward,spread over an area of 66,264.65 sqm or 16.5 acres. SBUT’s Bhanpurawala said they have managed to get the consent of 85 per cent of the landlords concerned and are in negotiations with the rest. Similarly,more than 75 per cent of the tenants are on board so far.

New Islam Mill compound and Haji Qasim chawl

This project by Nish Developers,called ‘One Avighna Park’ in the F South ward at Lalbaug,is at an advanced stage of completion. The project is spread over a plot area of 26,231 sqm,or about 6.5 acres,and has amalgamated two plots – the New Islam Mill compound,a private mill defunct since 1935,and the neighbouring Haji Qasim chawl. The Rs 595-crore project will see the construction of two buildings with multiple wings as part of the redevelopment component and two composite buildings with the number of floors ranging from 10 to 64. The cluster will house about 10,000 residents. The project had to gradually be scaled down due to difficulty in getting consent from all tenants. Following the reduction in scope,the developer had to seek an amendment in the environment clearance it had received earlier. The state expert appraisal committee has recommended the project for clearance and it is currently awaiting the nod of the state environment impact assessment authority.

Botawala chawl

Developer Sarah Housing Development Limited has received a letter of intent to redevelop the century-old Botawala chawl,located in the E ward in Mazgaon. With an area of 4,721.06 sqm,this is the smallest cluster redevelopment proposal that has been approved. The chawl,consisting of six two-storey buildings made of wood and stone,has 423 tenements and was constructed by Botawala Trust in 1917 for workers of the nearby Mafatlal Mills. Some of these buildings have featured on MHADA’s annual pre-monsoon list of extremely dilapidated buildings several times in the past decades. Two of the six have already been demolished due to being in an extremely precarious condition. Earlier this year,MHADA issued demolition orders for the entire chawl. As part of the cluster redevelopment plan,the developer will construct five 20-storey buildings. Of the 22,000-sqm built-up area,around 14,200 sqm will be used for rehabilitating tenants. The rest will form the saleable component.

Turf Estate,Mahalaxmi

Within months of unveiling the cluster redevelopment policy,the high-powered committee had accorded approval to DB Group for an urban renewal scheme at Mahalaxmi in the G South ward. The project,which will overlook Turf Club at Mahalaxmi,will be on a plot area of 22,618.33 sqm or roughly 5.5 acres. The plan is to construct a 15-storey commercial building to rehabilitate tenants,another 22-storey residential building to form the sale component and a 15-storey commercial tower. As per BMC records,the project has received a letter of intent while the commencement certificate is yet to be issued.

Cluster redevelopment at Sane Guruji Marg,near Lower Parel

The project,proposed by the Shreepati Group,has received a sanction from the high-powered committee,but is yet to receive a letter of intent. A BMC official says the project has been sent to the urban development department for clearance. The project,located in the G South ward,will be spread over an area of 12,618.72 sqm or 3 acres.

There were several other proposals that were mooted under the scheme,but ultimately did not work out. One of the big projects was the revamp of 30-acre Chira Bazaar,which was to be executed by the Remaking of Mumbai Federation (Lok Group) along with Unity Infrastructure at an estimated cost of Rs 4,000 crore. Mayank Gandhi,who was part of the group,says,“The main problem was that we had taken consent from tenants on plain paper,but the state government said it was not in the proper format,so we did not get a letter of intent. We had asked for a provisional letter of intent while we get the required consent of tenants on a stamp paper. A proposal was sent to the urban development department,which did not immediately act on it. Meanwhile,Lalit Gandhi,who was the main project proponent,passed away and the whole project then fizzled out.”

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