Mumbai: Zero response from developers and construction firms to the tenders for the revamp of century-old Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawls has baffled the officials of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). This is the third tender call for the project at Worli which involves the redevelopment of 121 buildings.
MHADA officials confirmed that the tenders of the redevelopment project have been extended by ten days. This is one of the most ambitious projects in Central Mumbai whose tenders are worth Rs 9000 crore.
The project involves the entire revamp of around 121 buildings at Worli which is spread across over 50 acres of land. Apart from rehousing the existing tenants in the redeveloped structure, the project will also create 16,000 affordable houses. The existing tenant will receive a 500 square feet apartment each in the redeveloped structure.
The tenders for the BDD redevelopment project were first floated in the month of April and then were pushed to June 16 due to lack of response. Following this, the tender dates were postponed to July 17. The official said that the tenders that were supposed to be floated on July 18 will now be floated on July 28.
The project has been mired in controversy after chawl residents protested the redevelopment of their chawls. They alleged that the government forcibly relocated them since they demanded a proper agreement wherein their rehousing along with other requirements will be specified.
The protest of chawl residents has been cited as a major reason behind the poor response of tenders. However, the officials stated that the bidders have requested for an extension. The official said, “Since it is a huge project, the firms need more time to bid for the project. Moreover, they are looking forward to rope in an international firm to carry out the entire redevelopment work because of which the date for floating tenders has been extended by 10 days.”