Mumbai: SRA to refloat tender for redevelopment work of Santacruz slums

Mumbai: The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) has planned to float tender the second time next week to appoint developer for redevelopment work of the slums situated in Santacruz (east). The authority planned to refloat it after reducing the bank guarantee amount to submitted by the bidder. This was mentioned under the conditions listed in the previous tender.

This move is expected to benefit at least 852 slum dwellers with early completion of their redevelopment work. In a first, the SRA authorities had first floated tenders after following the guidelines of the Supreme Court on February 1. These slum dwellers reside in the village of Kolekalyan Taluk located in Santacruz (east).

The authorities floated tenders for the project work after the Supreme Court directed SRA to monitor the re-development work and proper rehabilitation of slum dwellers in Santacruz (east). The deadline for the same is set on March 12, yet no developer showed interest in the project.

“The bidder had to submit RS 200 crore as a bank guarantee to SRA. After no developer showed interest, the Supreme Court asked us to reduce the bank guarantee amount to Rs 20 crore and float a fresh tender,” said a senior SRA official. his tender was floated after the earlier developer named Susme Builders did not follow the norms and complete the project work within the given period of time. The builder was later terminated. “The court issued a suo moto notification stating us to monitor the redevelopment work in the area,” added the official.

The Supreme Court had directed SRA to issue an advertisement in three weeks to invite letters of interest from builders who would have the capacity to undertake large project works. “Once the builder is selected, they would have to submit the plan of the redevelopment work within a month’s time,” added these official.

These 852 slum dwellers belong to a society of slum dwellers named Om Namo Sujalam Sufalam Co-operative Housing Society. “The slum dwellers have to pay at least a rent amount of Rs 16000 after they are shifted to a temporary accommodation by the SRA authorities. They will be benefitted as SRA would be monitoring the entire redevelopment project work,” said the official.

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