Maharashtra govt moves to use more of Mumbai’s mill land for affordable housing
Mumbai city news: The state’s urban development department has issued a notification to amend the controversial Development Control Regulations (DCR) 58 pertaining to development of mill landsmumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2017 01:24 IST
Nearly 16 years after a modification to the development control rules robbed Mumbai of 400 of acres mill land for public housing and open spaces, the BJP-led government is set to correct the wrong.
The state’s urban development department has issued a notification to amend the controversial Development Control Regulations (DCR) 58 pertaining to development of mill lands. The notice states that the modification is in the larger public interest and to fulfil the needs of mill workers’ housing requirements.
The modification dated July 7 states that during redevelopment of mill lands, one third of the entire land would go to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), one-third would go for developing open spaces and playgrounds, and the remaining would be granted to the mill owner for redevelopment. In fact, this was the formula to develop entire mill land when it was originally planned.
A change in the rules in 2001 by the then government of Vilasrao Deshmukh had reduced the share of land to be given to public authorities by nearly 60 per cent by saying only vacant land in the mills would get shared in this ratio. This did not include land on which mill structures were built. This gave mill owners the biggest share in the redevelopment pie and profits. It also led to haphazard development of Central Mumbai where the majority of the textiles mills were located.
The Devendra Fadnavis government is now reversing the decision which would mean availability of more land for affordable housing and public amenities. However, this change may have come too late. Sources said only two private mills and 8 government-owned mills were yet to go under the redevelopment hammer.