The long-delayed Dharavi Redevelopment Project could finally get a nudge forward with the government all set to invite tenders for a consultant to advise the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority on planning the redevelopment of Sector 5 of the slum,which is to be undertaken by the authority.
With the proposed rehabilitation of slumdwellers squatting on 276 acres at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport still awaiting a key decision on who is eligible for free rehousing,the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has instead decided to fast-track the Sahar elevated road project,which also includes the rehabilitation of nearly 700 slumdwellers.
The technical committee formed on a directive from the Ministry of Environment and Forests to study the feasibility of coastal roads for Mumbai is now split down the middle over a radical suggestion by an expert member regarding land reclamation up to 100 metres off the shore,a move that will comprehensively alter the citys coastline as well as the curbs on real estate development imposed by the Coastal Regulation Zone norms.
For nearly three days from June 26,as 999-tonne tanker MT Pavit rolled and pitched ominously in stormy seas off the coast of Oman with its engine refusing to fire,the 13-member crew on board were apparently given repeated technical advice and suggestions from the ships Dubai-based operators over satellite phone and e-mail.
Close on the heels of the decision to invite fresh global tenders for the Dharavi Redevelopment Project,the state government is on the verge of announcing a special rehabilitation policy for slumdwellers in Dharavi and those squatting on land belonging to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.