According to an executive engineer, it was only after three extensions to the SRA project ‘Om Namo Sujalam Sufalam’ society at Kolekalyan village in Andheri that they eventually found a bidder this week.
The SRA and its formerly Sena-controlled contractor arm, the Shivshahi Punarvasan Prakalp Ltd (SPPL), were formed in 1995 to fulfil Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s promise of free homes for the city’s slum dwellers.
During the two-hour meeting at the Renaissance hotel in Andheri (East) where the MLAs have been sequestered, both leaders told the NCP legislators that they had no reason to be worried and that the Sena-NCP alliance was sustainable and long-lasting.
A senior officer from MMRDA said, “The plan is in a very initial stage but CIDCO and MMMOCL are very positive about it. However, talks are still going on in what ratio revenue will be shared, as CIDCO had borne the cost of the project.”
The estimated cost of the project was Rs 634 crore. Now, the project has been trimmed to just one route on account of paucity of funds. The number of jetties to be built has also come down to four from 16.
According to MMRDA’s Development Plan (DP 2016-36), it has proposed the development of four growth centres, located in Nallasopara, Kharbao (Bhiwandi rural), Nilje near Kalyan-Dombivali and Shedung, near the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA).
Currently, the Monorail plies between Sant Gadge Chowk and Chembur in the city. But as there are only five rakes — four are operational and one is for emergency use — available, there is a 20-minute gap between every service.
Former housing minister Prakash Mehta had launched the scheme in October 2017 for developers to complete redevelopment projects such as Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA) projects and Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) projects.