Bigger homes for Metro 3 project affected people: CM Fadnavis
To appease people protesting against the Metro 3, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced bigger houses for those displaced by the project.mumbai Updated: Mar 16, 2015 22:26 IST
To appease people protesting against the Metro 3, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced bigger houses for those displaced by the project.
Speaking in the legislative assembly on Monday, Fadnavis said those living in less than 300sqft homes will get flats double the size after their houses are taken over for building the Metro. Those with homes bigger than 300 sqft will get at least 30% bigger houses.
The new houses will be in the same area as the tenants’ existing homes. Fadnavis also assured no tenant will be evicted until the draft plan for their rehabilitation is prepared.
Protests by project affected people (PAP) have emerged as a major hurdle in the path of the Metro 3.
By this announcement, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also sent out the message that it is looking out for the interests of Maharashtrians, who will be displaced in large numbers in areas such as Girgaum, and which has been taken up as a political issue by Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
“The benefits of FSI availed under the development control rule for the project will be passed onto the PAP in the form of bigger homes,” said Fadnavis.
The tenants will be offered houses in Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) buildings in nearby areas as temporary accommodation. Those who do not wish to shift to these buildings will be paid some amount as monthly rent by the government, the chief minister said.
About 15 BJP legislators from the city had met Fadnavis and demanded bigger houses for PAP, in the wake of widespread protests by residents.
“As many as 70% of the tenaments in these buildings are less than 300 sqft in the area, while 20% of them are 500 sqft. Only about 10% are about 1,000sqft. We have demanded the state cabinet approves the rehabilitation package before the bhoomipujan of the project,” said Raj Purohit, BJP’s MLA from Colaba.
The MPs have also demanded gardens and grounds in the area to be protected, Purohit said.
Smoothening the Metro’s path:
777: Families who will be displaced
28: Buildings in Girgaum, Kalabadevi and Mahim, which are in project’s path
18: Buildings in way of the Kalabadevi
8: In way of Girguam station