Mumbai: BDD chawl owners to receive flats along with recreational facilities for children

Mumbai: The eligible Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawl owners from Naigaon, N M Joshi Marg and Worli are set to receive flats of at least 500 square feet area under a redevelopment project. The chawls which are a feature of industrial area of the then Bombay city is being redeveloped by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis launched the redevelopment plan of the British era BDD chawl on April 22, 2017. There are at least 207 chawls in BDD and were built in 1920s.

The master plan of the redevelopment plan involves constructing a playground, school, medical dispensary and grocery shop. The Minister of State for Housing, Ravindra Waikar had announced that a committee comprising of Public Works Department, Housing, Revenue, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Urban Development would supervise the redevelopment project.

The MHADA officials stated the redevelopment project as one of the largest in the country. “The redevelopment project is set to be completed in seven years and has been planned in several stages. The target set for completing each stage of the project work is 30 months. On 28 June last year, the state government appointed authorities to look after the redevelopment of the eligible persons,” said a MHADA official.

Considering the fact there are several shops located in the premises of the chawl, the authorities have been ascertaining the eligibility of the shopkeepers. “Once the agreement is signed with the shopkeepers, they would be shifted to a transit camp. The residents residing in the transit camp would not be levied of any service charges. They are required to pay only the electricity charges,” added the official.

The eligible residents will be receiving flats under the ownership basis and free of cost. Under the redevelopment plan, one kitchen, a hall, two bathrooms and two toilets would be provided to the residents. “We have also included the non-residential structures, places of worship under the redevelopment plan. The eligible slum dwellers at Naigaon, N M Joshi Marg (Parel) and Worli would be rehabilitated together at the current BDD chawl located in Worli area,” added the MHADA official.

The eligible slum dwellers will also get a shop consisting of at least 269 square feet area. “The master plan of the BDD chawl redevelopment also includes recreational and public utilities. Our plan also involves installing solar panels and rain water harvesting for the benefit of the residents and slum dwellers,” added the official.

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