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Thane Municipal Corporation wants cluster scheme to benefit residents of illegal structures

Mumbai city news: On Thursday, the chief minister issued the final notification of the cluster development scheme which will pave way for implementation of the scheme in Thane.

mumbai Updated: Jul 06, 2017 23:52 IST
Megha Pol
The TMC has sent a proposal to the state requesting free homes up to 300 square feet to those residing in illegal constructions and slums.
The TMC has sent a proposal to the state requesting free homes up to 300 square feet to those residing in illegal constructions and slums. (Praful Gangurde)

 Not only those living in legal structures but the residents of illegal buildings too will get free homes under the cluster development scheme if the state government approves the Thane Municipal Corporation’s proposal.

Under the scheme, free homes up to 300 square feet will be provided to only those residents living in dangerous building. Those residing in illegal structures, including slum dwellers, had to pay 25 per cent of the construction cost of the house.

The TMC has sent a proposal to the state requesting free homes up to 300 square feet to those residing in illegal constructions and slums.

On Thursday, the chief minister issued the final notification of the cluster development scheme which will pave way for implementation of the scheme in Thane.

Eknath Shinde, guardian minister of Thane, said, “On Thursday, the chief minister issued notification for the cluster development scheme in Thane. The scheme will give free homes to those residing in dangerous constructions, saving thousands of lives.”

Last month, the high court lifted the stay on the cluster scheme following which the chief minister gave a go-ahead to the project in Thane.

The scheme will pave way for 10,000 new buildings and 1.25 lakh new homes in the city. It will bring in an investment of Rs5,000 crore to Rs10,000 crore to the city.

A civic official requesting anonymity said, “Clusters scheme involves planned development of over one hectare of area. Those residing in dangerous constructions and the slums will get free homes under the scheme.”

“Those in the illegal building are not eligible for free homes and will have to pay 25 per cent of the construction cost. The number of people residing in illegal constructions is much more compared to those residing in legal homes. So, we proposed to the state to provide free homes up to 300 square feet to these people. If the house is more than 300 square feet, they will have to pay construction cost of 25% for each of the slab,” he said.

He added that the proposal is still pending with the state and can be implemented only after approval. The residents provided homes in the cluster scheme will be unable to afford maintenance of the building.

“We were going to give 25 per cent to the people living in clusters to be used as maintenance of their buildings. Cutting down on this 25 per cent will affect maintenance cost. We might have to cut down the quantum of maintenance amount provided to residents or they themselves will have to pay maintenance,” the officer said.

Over 80 per cent of the properties are illegal in the city. “The final decision depends on the state’s approval. There will also be a cut-off year so as not to encourage more illegal constructions in the city,” said the official.

As per the TMC’s survey, 14, 14,822 square metre is occupied by illegal constructions.

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City limits

128.23 sqkms: Geographical area of Thane

2011-18.19 lakhs: population of Thane city as per census

34 lakhs: Population of Thane city projected in 2031

9.80 lakhs: Slum population, which comprises 252 slum clusters

45,000: Authorised buildings

1,31,939: Unauthorised buildings

2,24,687: Slums in Thane

About the scheme

The cluster development scheme will create 1.25 lakh homes in Thane. The scheme will also bring in an investment of 5000 to 10000 crores to the city, These homes will be constructed in phases. The old and illegal buildings in Naupada, Mumbra, Wagale areas will be cleared and the entire area will undergo a planned development. This will change the face of the city.

The eight clusters identified

Kisan Nagar 1

Kisan Nagar 2

Rabodi

Manisha Nagar

Mumbra Anand Koliwada

Mumbra Bombay Colony

Kausa Kabristan

Shankar Mandir

Need for cluster development in Thane

• Due to rapid industrialisation and migration from Mumbai and other parts of state since 1960, there was continuous increase in demand of affordable housing in Thane.

• Lack of affordable housing and absence of stringent construction laws led to mushrooming of illegal constructions

• These constructions were in unplanned and of inferior quality

• They lacked basic infrastructure, open spaces and road network

• More than 150 people have lost their lives due to building collapse