A fresh survey will be conducted to determine the number of residents eligible for houses under the Dharavi Redevelopment Plan (DRP).
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already done an internal review for DRP in Dharavi’s Sector 4. Only 37 per cent of residents were found eligible.
Narayan Pai, assistant municipal commissioner (G-North) who supervised the survey, said, “We will conduct the actual survey in the months to come.”
The actual survey will be critical as people living in the slum will be asked to produce official documents. Gautam Chatterjee, officer on special duty for the project said, “[In the earlier survey] We included only those who were on the electoral list. But during an actual survey we will ask for several documents and photo identity cards.”
The BMC had conducted an internal survey in one of the five sectors for the Rs 15,000-crore redevelopment project. It revealed that only 3,127 families of the 8,478 were eligible for free houses under the DRP. DRP officials are, however, unsure if the actual survey would increase the number of eligible families.
DRP officials insist that the survey was only an internal communication with the BMC. “The objective was for us to know the quantum of illegal transfer of houses that has taken place in Dharavi viewing its demand once the project is complete,” said an official associated with the project.
The cut-off date for eligibility is the year 2000. “The internal survey has given us an idea that there are residents who sold their houses to people after 2000. The buyers of these houses would be eliminated from the list of eligible residents,” the official said requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Officials say that a shanty in Dharavi, which cost Rs 2-3 lakh a decade ago, could fetch Rs 15-20 lakh after the project was announced.
There are cases where people have purchased five to six shanties looking at the development prospects.
The DRP has asked the state government to take a decision before going ahead with the project. State government officials are thinking of ways to plug loopholes.