The civic body last week asked seven mill developers who are developing their land to hand over its one-third share of land, which amounts to 66,000 square metres. Given than most of these mills are in central Mumbai, the market value of this land could run into hundreds of crores.
According to the state's development control regulations (DCR), all mills undergoing redevelopment, whether private or belonging to national textile corporation (NTC), have to give one-third of the open land to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and another one-third to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada).
The BMC is entitled to 1,04,136 sqm from 32 private mills, of which it has received only 37,613 sqm, while the 10 NTC mills have already handed back the designated 36,945 sqm of land under the integrated development scheme.
Mhada, too, is to recover over 60,000 sqm of land from private mills undergoing redevelopment, while the NTC mills are to hand over about 7,000 sqm.
Subodh Kumar, municipal commissioner, said, “There are some issues, but they will be sorted out soon and the BMC will get its share of land in a month."
Sources say notices have been issued to four mills, while the others have been verbally instructed. Since then, a developer has given 6,000 sqm area to the civic body.
Many mills developers are currently in the process of demarcating their land by constructing compound walls around the properties, which has alerted the civic body. "If they do not come forward, the BMC will take stringent steps to acquire its share,” the official added.
"The civic body can use the land for various welfare projects, or develop it as an open space,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee.