80% Metro-hit will get double their dwellings

Mumbai :  Almost 80% of the people whose houses would be affected in South Mumbai by the Metro-III project would get double the size of their existing dwellings, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly on Monday.

The government plans to redevelop the buildings affected by the Metro through MMRDA and MMRC and transfer the additional FSI to the original tenants, he said in his statement on the issue in the House.

“Those who have houses smaller than 300 sq ft would get double the existing area and 80% of the project affected people lie in this category,” Fadnavis explained. Project affected people, who have larger houses, too, would get appropriately larger areas, he added.

The chief minister also said that during the course of redevelopment of the buildings, the tenants would be allotted MHADA flats in the same area; or else they would have an option to get the rent reimbursed. They won’t be asked to relocate unless plans have been finalized for them, the chief Minister told the house.

The Metro station requires land in both Kalbadevi and at Girgaon. This would affect 18 buildings in Kalbadevi area and 8 in Girgaon; in other words, 294 and 355 families, respectively, will have to be temporarily relocated. The government is planning to resettle all of them in the same area after redevelopment of the buildings, the chief minister said.

The social impact assessment of the project, too, has been completed, he informed the house.

The land used on a temporary basis would be returned to the owners after use. Two buildings in Mahim area, too, would have to be redeveloped for the project.

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