Mumbai: The Union textile ministry will rehabilitate and redevelop them in close cooperation with the Maharashtra government, in a move that will provide major relief to 2,062 residents of 11 old and dilapidated chawls on MTC mill lands in Mumbai.
A committee, which includes representatives of the Maharashtra government and the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, has been formed to speed up redevelopment of land under nine mills of NTC, Union textiles minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.
Mr Goyaland NTC chairperson Prajakta Lavangare reviewed the progress for the redevelopment of chawls and sale of the transferable development rights (TDR) of NTC.
“The entire rehabilitation work has been studied.To expedite the process of redevelopment we need the cooperation of the government of Maharashtra. We have requested the Maharashtra government to convert the non-cess buildings into cess,” said Mr Goyal.
The committee has appointed Cushman & Wakefieldto provide services for conceptualizing the development potential, preparing the methodology, preparation of tender documents for appointment of developer, and for assistance in tendering process of redevelopment of the chawls.
The 11 chawls are spread over 13.84 acres.
The inspection of these chawls will be completed in a few days, Mr Goyal said.
“Theconsultant has started working on the development of a suitable methodology for redevelopment of NTC chawls in consultation with empanelled architects of MHADA. The textile ministry has also requested the Maharashtra government for conversion of 5 non-cessed chawls to cessed chawls so that timely maintenance of these chawls could be undertaken by MHADA,’’ said Mr Goyal. The minister said he has directed the officials of the state government, MHADA, and MMRDA to expedite the redevelopment and rehabilitation and provide assistance to NTC in this endeavor.
“We are only concerned about the rehabilitation of the people who are living in the NTC land. Beyond that we have nottaken any decision about the land,” Mr Goyal said.
“This has been long pending. The Maharashtra government, MHADA andMMRDA have extended their cooperation. NTC has neither the expertise nor the capacity to redevelop these chawls. Therefore, we have requested MHADA to expedite it,” said the minister.
The Maharashtra government has a very clear vision on rehabilitation and redevelopment and its policies are well established, Mr Goyal said.
Mr Goyal said that the sale of NTC’s TDR was alsodiscussed. “NTC had transferred 11.96 acres of land of Indu Mill No.6 to the Maharashtra government on March 25, 2017, for construction of the memorial of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. In lieu of the transfer, the Maharashtra government issued the development right certificate in the form of transferable development rights valued at Rs1,413.48 crore. The money received by NTC through the sale of TDR beyond the said land valuation shall be given to the Maharashtra government for construction of the memorial and if the money received is less, the difference shall be paid to NTC by Maharashtra government,” he said.
Mr Goyal said he has asked MMRDA officials to work in coordination with NTC and assist in monetization of TDR.
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