Bhayandar: Already staring at an acute crisis of water and crumbling infrastructure, the high density growth through various government oriented schemes has further aggravated the woes of Mira Bhayandar, a twin-city on the outskirts of Mumbai which is spread on an area of 79.4 sq. km, and has a population of more than 12-lakh, this in addition to a floating populace averaging 3 lakh.
To provide relief against the exorbitant prices of residential properties by creating adequate number of affordable accommodation stock, the state govt authorities has doled out a series of incentives including additional floor space index to builders who participate in housing schemes mooted by agencies like the MHADA and MMRDA.
Under the schemes, huge land parcels in the Mira Road belt are being commercially exploited mandating by with riders to create a specific number of cheap housing units, which are allocated to the needy at a reasonable rate through lucky draws.
While the government has miserably failed to fulfill its promise of augmenting water supply by 5 MLD in lieu of the incentive-linked developments under the MHADA scheme, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is yet to prepare the mandated Impact Assessment Report which evaluates whether the region has the capacity to take on the additional burden. “We will follow-up with the concerned agency to ensure that the assured quantum of water is delivered.” said MBMC chief Balaji Khatgaonkar. A few years ago, the civic general body had passed a resolution mooting ban on permissions to such agencies which created extra burden on the existing infrastructure, however the proposal remained on paper.
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