After the civic body scrapped the redevelopment of 12 markets — for which initial approval had been given to developers — the developers have now decided to challenge the decision in court.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which has been reviewing its market redevelopment policy for the last two years,has decided to repair the markets.
Following the controversy over the redevelopment of Crawford Market — which was given to a private developer for a paltry sum — the BMC has been reconsidering its redevelopment policy and has proposed several changes.
The BMC had scrapped the Crawford Market redevelopment proposal in 2007.
A few months ago, developers of the 12 markets had approached the Bombay high court, over a new proposal for the redevelopment policy formulated by the civic body, which they felt would be unprofitable for developers.
The HC had directed the civic body to take a decision on their application within four weeks.
On August 20, four days before the court deadline, the civic body announced that the redevelopment proposals of the 12 projects had been rejected. Bhalchandra Shirsat, chairman of the civic improvements committee said: “The BMC took a decision about the 12 markets, which had approached the court.
However, The civic body is yet to take a decision on redevelopment of 13 other markets, proposals for which too had been cleared. Subodh Kumar said, “I will have to check status of the other 13 markets.”
However, developers of the 13 markets are frustrated with the delay. Vilas Borade, a developer, who got permission in June 2005 to develop the Kamathipura market said: “The BMC neither rejected nor approved our file.”
Meanwhile, an official from the department, on the condition of anonymity, because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said: “The markets will be repaired phase wise – five will be done in 2011-12 and seven in 2012-13. The total cost of the repairs will be Rs4.29 crore; approximately Rs80 lakh per market.”