The state government has succeeded to get approvals of the basic urban infrastructure and sewerage proposals for the ambitious aim to convert Mumbai into Shanghai from the union government, informed the chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in the Assembly on Tuesday.
In a written reply to a question raised by Subhash Desai, Dattaji Nalawade (both Shiv Sena) and others in this regard, the chief minister said that the state government has made a proposal of Rs 21,600-crore to make Mumbai like Shanghai that was sent to the union government for an approval.
All the proposals, except the basic urban infrastructure development and sewerage, are pending before the union government for a nod. "We are following up the matter with the central government," Deshmukh said.
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced to refurbish Mumbai into an international city like Shanghai during the last state elections. The prime minister also offered financial help in this connection. The transformation plans include a Mumbai-metro rail link, a ring railway plan and urban infrastructure development.
In another question, the chief minister informed the House that the state government would allow an additional floor space index (FSI) of 200 per cent for land allotted to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) under the Mill Development Programme in Mumbai.
Replying to a question, raised by Kalidas Kolambkar of Congress and others, Deshmukh said that the government had issued orders in this regard to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMC) on November 7 this year. This would ensure that residential units were available to the maximum possible mill workers and boost the redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings in Mumbai.
The state government is also mooting the concept of cluster-based housing to redevelop 16,000 old and dilapidated buildings in Mumbai, informed the minister of state for Urban Development Rajesh Tope in the Lower House.
Under this approach, residents of multiple buildings get together for redevelopment. With a much large area available for redevelopment, this provides for better facilities including wider roads, gardens, playgrounds etc. This approach can lead to an improvement in living conditions for residents of these old colonies. Private participation will also be encouraged in the proposed scheme.
The state government has engaged the All India Institute of Local-Self Government for a pilot study of the scheme. The report is expected in February next, the minister further informed.