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Mumbai: Government plans to redevelop dilapidated Sindhi colonies

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The Sindhi migrants from West Pakistan, who made Sion Koliwada, Kurla, Chembur and Mulund their home after the partition in 1947, will soon get their dilapidated age-old colonies revamped. The Maharashtra government on Thursday reviewed its plans for the redevelopment of the structures in Mumbai.

The refugee camps in Mumbai are spread over 280 acres. The initial plan would be to develop Mumbai’s five settlements – Mulund, Sion-Koliwada, Kurla and two camps in Chembur. The plan has been reviewed by Maharashtra’s Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Chandrakant Patil, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta and other senior bureaucrats. The redevelopment will be carried on the lines of the redevelopment of the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawls in Central Mumbai.

The issue over the ownership of Sion-Koliwada and Chembur colonies has been pending since a long time. The mentioned colonies have been built on the union government’s land while all the other has been built on state government’s land. For the redevelopment the government will take over the land from the centre. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has also declared the structures dangerous and asked the residents to vacate the colonies.